Glad everyone is finding their way around the new forum and thank you for your patience while I stumble around in the background trying to make things work!
The reason there were some (link removed) messages coming up was to do with anti-spam measures for new members but I have disabled that for now and will only reinstate it if we start to suffer from spammers. It only applied to the first few posts anyway and stopped anything which had html code (smilies, emoticons etc as well as links).
Hopefully there should be a 'New Post' indicator in the next upgrade of the forum software which the designers are working on at present.
Any other queries, please do let me know. 🙂