With the refresh of Themes by bavotasan.com I reinstated the bbPress support forum. Way back in the day, I used Vanilla forum and there was one feature they offered that I really miss: whenever a new topics was created or there was a unread reply, a ‘New’ label was added to easily identify those topics.
It took some time of digging into the bbPress code to figure out how to accomplish the same thing, but I managed to get it working. It’s a small plugin that does nothing more than what the description says:
Displays a “new” label on topics that are unread or have unread replies for all keymasters and moderators.
Try it out and let me know if you encounter any issues or if you find it helpful.