I personally love the show new replies function, the only problem is that you do not want some threads in there. There are actually times that I do not post in a thread, because I fear it will become an everlasting thread, that I don't want in there.
What I, and others are looking for is a way to say about a certain thread that you do not want it in the new replies folder.
Exactly. Before I post, I think to myself, "Do I want this thread showing up in my New Replies folder for ever after?" Apparently you CAN make it go away by deleting your posts in the thread, but that is frowned upon. Also, for some posts I've felt like I have contributed something positive to the discussion - it's just that after a while the discussion has veered off the original, gone in circles, whatever. Then I'm not interested in reading it anymore and I can't.make.it.go.away. Argh.
And, even if you do delete your post(s), if anyone has quote you, you're still stuck.
The amount I've posted has gone down quite a lot recently because I don't want to get stuck in a thread forever and ever. I think very
carefully before responding to threads now. If it seems like there's any potential for it to last a long time, become very heated (so constant new replies), or to be extra susceptible to being derailed, I won't post.