17. I mean it's gotta be pretty bad considering several states have names that start with the same letter. Like it's inevitable, especially when colleges have names like University of [State]. Edit: Replying to a post on the previous page because the forums do that to me sometimes. Ugh, back to SMT 4.
20. Part of the problem might be that I'm not watching this thread. Partially because I don't want tons of notifications. The downside is because I'm not watching this thread, I sometimes end up seeing a previous page.
24. Yeah, you gotta check your threads for the notifications to come in, since the notification trigger for watched threads is on the first unread post for you. After that there will be no notification given until you read the thread again.
The alternative to using notifications is to just go to "New posts" and filter by your watched threads only.