I along with most just look at View New Posts.
No offence, but have you actually carried out a poll or plotted a statistics graph in order to come to this conclusion.
I am no web designer or webmaster, but that does'nt mean i am wrong for seeing it differently. You see, I bookmarked and always start off from view your post, for me that my home page; so to speak. From my home page I want to be able to go see the 2 suggested links, in any order.
Notify me is a good feature, problem is I dont always check my emails prior to checking the forum.
I dont much care about new post until I have taken care of responces to my previous interests.