We'll do our best to look into this Jaws.. I am actually having the same problem with another forum I frequent but have already found I think the problem to be related to the theme they are using. When I reverted back to the smf default theme, the issue went away.
Although.. you are stating it has not gone away here with a similar solution. But, mind you... if no new posts have been made since the last time you checked, even posts that were new but you had not read will not appear as new.
I hate extra clicking too, cuz I'm one lazy s.o.b.
I also have quite few forums to look through a few times each day related to projects I am involved with.
I think our best bet at locating and squishing such bugs as this.. is our good friend Digitante, as he is the only one of us who has a brain when it comes to that sort of sssshhhhh-tuff
So, we will need to wait until he can swing in and give us some words of wisdom on where to begin. I can also research the issue at the smf forums as they are always pretty quick with an answer & a solutions
We will also need to check/test each theme because.. if a them has a flaw/bug... I'd rather get rid of it so others don't fall victim and inform the creator of each theme know of the issues and let them fix it if they choose to.
I was actually kinda hoping Dad's Princess would design our very own lovely theme for us... but I'm sure she is quite busy, especially now with school.
Also, just to touch on this matter, to everyone... I know I have not been visible round here much but am very busy with both real-life matters and projects at the moment... but I promise to have that changing very shortly. While I check in on things a few times each day... I don't always have time to post.
And I want to thank all of you... members & staff alike for doing so well at keeping things going here...