I don't know whether that's a regular feature, or if it's just for the coolest kids, but I just noticed the birthday cake icon next to Cubs' name on a post. Didn't happen to notice it on the board heading, but it absolutely caught my eye next to the posting! I like it.
Hmmm....well, it wouldn't have helped you find that thread from July - in October. I think you'll just have to keep an occasional eye on the Banished forum over there. Believe it or not, we didn't do a lot of banishing of threads back then.