I have closed threads before realizing I actually wasn't at the end of the thread. More times than I'm comfortable admitting.
It's a nuisance. It interrupts the thread. When I'm in a thread, I am not looking to find out what is on the front page. If I did, I wouldn't be looking at a thread.
It detracts from the forum.
That's my opinion. Someone who has been on the internet a long long time.
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