Am I the only 1 that has to exit and come back to read a new post in a thread I am replying in/reading?
If a reply is posted while I am replying the system will alert me to a new post when I preview or post but not if I'm not replying.
The forum software is just running typical HTML and PHP. Viewing a thread is essentially the same as viewing a website in that it wont reload in real time. Refreshing the page by hitting the back button or F5 on your keyboard (or links, or whatever you hit to escape from what you are reading) is the only way to load new comments.
When you are replying to a thread and hit post it'll send a request to the server to reload the page. There's a time stamp in your posts and if the server finds a timestamp to a comment that is earlier than your timestamp, it'll display "There has been a new post
", or whatever it says. I can't remember. So, when you do reply and hit POST you are reloading the page and that's why it displays new comments.