the www. in cookie domain made it so users had to log in twice before the board registered them!!
the first time, it would show them as online, but still show the login boxes at the page footer, and then when they logged in again, all well and good.
so ive changed the cookie domain back to .thecatfishcorner.com
still no luck with the unread posts thing though!!
i even tried some db repairs using the db maintainance mod, no luck there either!!