After careful consideration, we have decided that we will soon be removing the Unread Posts feature from Chowhound. This is the feature formerly known as Hot Posts. This change will likely go into effect in the next week.
Very few people are using the feature, and in many ways, it isn't working as was originally intended.
Here are links to some discussions from the past year that pertain to this feature:
Please note that logged-in users will be able to visit any board and see which discussions are read vs. unread, using the new flags there. Those who want to see the newest discussions on all of Chowhound can do so by visiting the Chowhound homepage: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards -- we are planning to paginate this page, which will allow users to browse all new discussions.
We're making this change now in advance of some exciting design changes that will be coming to Chowhound in the next few weeks.