petew - I follow gmtplusnine using rss feeds...most people do not appear to know about them, but it allows me to follow a lot of forums in the space of a few minutes "fix" over a cup of morning coffee. Similarly, there are a number of good functions on the new forum which we first need to "discover".
I was in the same situation on the new forum as you, wondering how to skim the new posts, but the "new posts" link in the top right-hand corner is actually very effective, and allows me to pick interesting topics very quickly. Its not the same, I know, but is actually very good.
"That a wristwatch is a small celestial theater. It is a small sky. A device for the measure of shadows." -Gabriel Gudding