When you click the Active Topic's option on the menu bar a drop down menu apears that allows you to select 3 options. When you select one of those options it will give you a list of links within the time range you've specified (Past 24 hours | Past 48 hours | Past 7 days).
The Active Topics are a list active threads within your selected time frame. The active posts is a list of all postings that took place during that time frame, and the Unanswered Posts is a list of all posts that have had no replies to them within that space of time.
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