PatsFans.com Retired Jersey Club
Following back up on this - as I mentioned above, it's now hidden on the thread view page, which should smooth things out a bit when people are reading threads.
That requires you to go into a thread in order to use a function designed to avoid going into a thread in an area other than the new posts. Meanwhile, just clicking on the thread link brings you somewhere near that new post most of the time (but not always), and not to the first post of the thread. I'm still trying to understand that combination.