The Adobe user-to-user forums have switched over to a new underlying software system and there are a few new things to get used to. Here are some of the basics.
You should also read this post on Mylenium’s blog, which provides some additional tips and color commentary.
If you want to discuss the new forum software (rather than the Flex forum specifically), please do so using this forum, which was created for exactly this purpose.
new links and some navigation tricks
Each forum features an RSS feed. The web interface for the forum also sorts threads with recent activity to the top, and the titles are shown as bolder and darker for threads that have unread posts in them. You can navigate to the most recent post in a thread from the list of threads by clicking the “[some time] ago” text in the Last Post column.
disabling automatic flooding of your email inbox
Todd Kopriva answered a question about multiple email messages with a screenshot here.
forcing the forums to use the full width of the browser window
By default, the forum messages only take up a fixed, somewhat narrow part of the browser window. If you want to force the messages to take full advantage of the horizontal space available in a wide browser window, follow these instructions from forum host Andrew Yoole.
using the History navigation tools
If you spend a lot of time on several different forums, you might benefit from bookmarking this page: History page showing recently visited forums (If you haven’t visited any forums yet, or if you’re not signed in, that’s not going to be very useful.) This page gives you direct links to your favorite forums. Or, if you’re just on the Flex forums, then you could bookmark the main Flex page and use the subforum pod on the side.
Many thanks to Todd Kopriva for letting me crib his After Effects forums post.