Posted 08 June 2017 - 06:52 PM
I supposed in my case it helps that I have known about that feature/trick for years. I learned about it on another forum that used that same forum software while being a bit "click happy" (i.e. "I wonder what clicking on this does"). When I first learn about it, I clicked on one of the bubbles as I said just wondering what it did and it marked a forum that I did NOT want marked unread fully unread. I then had to try to remember which threads I had not read. So, in some regards being "click happy" payed off in the long run, but kind of burned me in the short run.
As to whether calling it a word around or not, for me, since that is what it is supposed to do, I would not call it a work around. To me, a work around implies finding a way to do something that in way that is not originally intended. I agree that is it definitely not obvious, however. I would not have discovered it without being "click happy".