It is possible to keep track of replies in a thread by getting alerts, even if you have not replied to the thread. By default, registered members have the option for "Automatically watch threads that you create or when you reply" to unchecked ( not ticked ) . As a result, you do not automatically subscribe to threads when you make a reply. You can however, change this easily Via your user control panel : DropDown List in Navigation Menu -> Preferences -> Automatically watch threads that you create or when you reply -> Mark as "checked" By doing so, you can watch threads automatically. To Get Alerts when people replies to "Watched Threads" : DropDown List in Navigation Menu -> Alert Preferences -> Replies to a watched thread -> Mark as "checked" -> Save Anytime you wish, you can unwatch a thread. How to Watch a Thread - the manual method : To watch a thread, navigate yourself to the thread. You will notice a link that says, "watch thread" in the top/right corner of the first post. Click it to watch a thread and to unwatch the thread, click it again. How To View All of your Watched Threads : In the navigation menu, you will notice a link with the text, "watched threads". Click it to view all of your watched threads.