I don't think anyone who would like to be able to read in forward-chronological order is asking that that be the only format available. What I am asking is that it be an option, as on many other message boards, including on many boards that have visitors who visit several times daily.
I agree there should be an option. This way each user can set up the system the way that works best for them.
I actually like the way it works but I'm a frequent user and I always use the 'view new content' feature.