Technorati seems to be working with our feed again so I've added a few of their gimmicks to the bottom of the index. Please let me know if there are any problems stemming from that (or even if you use them!) via PM or email.
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you regularly marking the forum read? If so, there's already a "Show New Only" link if you're seeing all the messages in a thread - and you're free to edit your profile to show ONLY new messages.