I am not using PhpBB board the way you think. First of all there are no topics to publicly reply to in the public forum.In other words there is no ADD REPLY ICON. All you have are people posting messages and then others replying in private via PM.
So when my users see the icon New Topic, when all they want to do is post a message (not to any exisiting topic) which is all what they do, it is confusing hence the icon changed to New Post cause all my users will ever do is setup a new post
Check it out man and join
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