famous, I agree with you. The vast majority of users have no idea how to use RSS. Email notification is absolutely essential. Do we really expect users to check a forum on daily basis for responses? It would be wonderful if they did, but reality says otherwise.
Thanks for the responses. Interesting that some of the larger forums like 9rules notes and forum software (e.g., Vanilla) display the profile on top of the post. I’ll probably stick with the left side approach.
Thank you both for the insights. Yeah, that PunBB 1.3 has been in the works for some time. Interesting take on the pitfalls of email notification. Never thought of it that way. That Joel Spolsky article had some great points in it.