Wouldn't it be nice to implement a machine-readable output for the forum? That way, instead of polling the forum manually every now and then, one could have a little process running, polling it for new posts, notifying the user whenever a new posts comes up.
Sure, this is possible right now by parsing the HTML, but machine-parsing HTML into something more semantic is just... yucky, and also, who knows when the HTML output of the forum changes? A real machine-readable format would also probably be saving a lot of bandwidth and so on.
And by machine-readable, I am not referring to XML, but rather some nice, UNIX-parsable ASCII format. Something that could easily be parsed by Perl, for example.
I realize that it would be quite a bit of job, but won't you at least think about it, Jason?