So, I selected a thread that I have been following, and as I was scrolling down to find the new posts, I was redirected to a full screen ad. When I selected CLOSE, the new posts on that thread had collapsed as though I had read them.
This is a bug, not a feature!
Just on the Cheese Board - hadn't clicked anything and all of a sudden I was redirected to this page: http://sponsor.adverstitial.com/view/... - it said that after 30 seconds I'd be directed back to my original window or I had an option to close the window. I opted for closing and returned to the same spot that I was on the Cheese Board, a little more than halfway down the posts (I wasn't actually in a thread at the time).
I see that the link I posted doesn't go anywhere - the page I saw had a banner at the top of the page and I *think* it might have had a car in it / been car related, but I won't swear to that.
This just happened to me as well. The ad was OLD NAVY, which I did not click to view. It just happened. When I located the X-Close button, I was redirected to the post I was reading with all the new posts collapsed as though I had already read them.
FWIW, this was on the NAF board.
Thanks for looking into this. It is a major defect.