Now, if I understand Chris, one has to leave the email ... go to the forum and find that particular post ... open it (in effect a second time) then reply to it if one wants to ... then go back to your email work.
Dennis is understanding correctly, and I totally agree with hi sentiments. In my session with the gentleman who - as I understand it - is in charge of the development of the Forum, I expressed strongly the view that we would all be happier with immediate e-mail response capability. He agreed, and acknowledged that this was a near universal view on all the AP Forums.
He assured me that they were trying to figure out how to implement that capability. One of the reasons for going to this new Forum (other than offering more and better options to the AP communities) was that the old software was no longer being developed. I believe that CB is building this as they go and want to satisfy our different communities; I will certainly be in communication with the powers that be on this particular capability.