Oh, okay, I see what you’re talking about. You’re not talking about “trust the CGI”, when it hangs on the “Thank you for posting” window, due to slow server speed. You’re talking about after you’ve posted, and you’re sitting there staring at your post, wondering how you get back to the forum?
Up at the top of each thread, it says Straight Dope Message Board > General Questions > Why is my cat vomiting? or whatever. At the top of each forum, it says just Straight Dope Message Board > General Questions or whatever. Those are all blue/maroon links (well, except for the thread title, which is black). Click on them to get back to the forum you want, and clicking on the Straight Dope Message Board link brings you back to the Main forums page, where it describes each forum.
You can also use the Forum Jump at the bottom of each page.
Or you can use the History–Today folder to get where you want to go, especially to a particular thread. It’ll be under “B” for “boards.straightdope”. And if you want to get back to Page 2 of a forum, look for the relevant URL in the History folder that has “page2” way, way down at the tag end of the URL.
And for future reference, like Redboss said, if you ever have a really long important post that you just spent two hours composing, with links and everything, for heaven’s sake Copy and Paste it into WordPad or Notepad before you try to post it. The Straight Dope CGI can catch it in a twinkling, no problem, but only if MSN or AOL doesn’t cut you off in mid-click.
My problem here is that I take so long composing a reply sometimes, that MSN disconnects me from the Internet. Then, when I click on Submit, it has to go through the whole reconnection process, which brings up the MSN Home Page instead of my Straight Dope Reply window, and my glorious post has vanished into the ether.