not sure what to call this- bumping to the top??
I'm very new but I've noticed that even if you post a new thread it doesn't appear at the top, if you answer an older thread it stays where it is. This is NOT a criticism, but I've been on other forums where if there is new activity or a new topic posted ( a new thread if you like) these are automatically bumped to the top. It does have the advantage of capturing attention and possibly reigniting an older topic.
As I said, not a criticism, but I'd be interested in what you all think
I'm not sure how you are viewing the forums. When I look at a forum, I see the most-recently replied-to posts at the top of the list -- but below the STICKY threads which are also sorted chronologically with the newest at the top. This works the same for me whether or not I am logged in.
Another method you might try is the "New Posts" link which works only when you are logged into the site. It will display posts added since your last login, again sorted with newest at the top of the list.
I was obviously not understanding