Wow! A question for the Webmaster in Tech Help. Here's my chance to run with the big dogs.
The answer to your question is YES.
If you have "cookies" enabled in your browser AND you have your preferences set correctly (remember for 1 year) in the Shop Forum, you should see little "light bulbs" next to each of the major forums on the first page of the Shop Forum. These light bulbs indicate that new messages have been posted since the last time you were here. When you enter any of the forums, all unread messages will have a "red folder" next to them instead of a "yellow folder".
Are you currently getting the "light bulbs" and "red folders"?
Bill Wood - Webmaster