At the bottom of the page is a link to see the last 40 posts made. This is nice because in coming to the forum, one can check this list and see what has been updated. While this feature is very much appreciated, many forums are now using "new posts" features which are tied to the individual user. That is "new posts since you last logged on" and "posts which have not updated since you last logged on but have posts you have not checked yet"
These are very nice since making your forum rounds boils down to walking down a "to do" list.
A few forums I have seen even have a sidebar which displays the last 5 or so postings made to the forum so that if something catches your eye you can click on it.
These are all nice features- I was hoping you would consider implementing some of them.
I am not clear about some of the modifications that you are asking about.
The feature that you request: ""... new posts" feature which are tied to the individual user" can be found by clicking on the link to the user of interest and look under Recent Posts the category 'View most recent posts". The default is 10, but can be any desired number. (I am not certain if this feature is limited to Admin or everyone.)
The feature: "View the 40 most recent posts of this forum" -- I can increase or decrease the number of posts; the default is 40.