In between, I created a subforum for 2 of those forums and copied permissions from a similiar forum. When I did that it also copied the forum moderators, which was wrong, so I went and removed those permissions and copied the permissions from a forum that didn't have forum moderators so those permissions were perfect now.
That's when I noticed that now when I went into those categories to view the 5 forums in those categories, I saw all these active posts first and all the forums fell to the bottom and it looked like they weren't there.
So now I went into the ACP to see what the difference was between that category and all the others that were viewing correctly. The difference was all those other categories were set to "no", so I set the others back to no too and the categories were viewing the way they always were.
Now the 'view active topics' up top of the main index page aren't showing the active topics and they were before.
I hope I didn't lose you.
I'm still learning.
Actually, I never used that link to view active topics, but my members did and they told me it stopped working after I did all that stuff. so, maybe it's me. I have to go out now, but I'll be back later and read your response.
Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it.