This is slightly technical, and I don't know if it can be enabled with this board software or not, but if it can I would suggest enabling RSS feeds for fora and individual threads.
That way one could keep track of when new stuff has been added, either new threads or new posts to a thread, without having to visit the board to see.
Sometimes I'm happy to log in and browse around and see what's happening on the board, sometimes I am just checking on particular things. For example the first thing I usually do is check "view new posts" - if there's nothing there I'm interested in I might just go away, particularly if pressed for time. If I could have an RSS feed of that, I would be notified via my RSS feed reader of any and all changes to that page.
As I say, don't know if this can be turned on for this board or not, but just thought I would ask.
yr pal, Fox
"So good luck came, and on my roof did light, like noiseless snow."
– Robert Herrick, from 'The Coming of Good Luck'