Not sure this makes sense:
o I leave a message in the forum. Submit it...and then have to go through 3 or four more pages just to get BACK to the forum.
Once you submit a post the link on the thank you page takes you back to the forum. So one click, not 3 or 4 pages. or were you submitting something else elsewhere?
That's as close to a description of what you seem to think could be improved navigation-wise in your rants. It's far easier to bitch about something than it is to offer constructive advice. That's been very clear over the years. Instead of "hey have you thought about trying this something concrete" it's generally "you %$@% don't know %$%$@# about %$#$%#%. Get your %$%@ act together"