Just thought that it may be an idea to show the time & date of the original deal under the title next to the poster's name.
It's just that sometimes I click on a deal in the forum thinking its new but its not until I open it that I realise its not. I know they come up in order of posting in the 'deals' section but sometimes I find it easier to browse in the forums instead.
Esp. for entering competitions! When I see a new message i think 'oo a new comp' but then its not!
Just an idea.