The digest is a different source. Messages here at genforum.genealogy.com are not the same messages from UFT-D@rootsweb.com or UFT-L@rootsweb.com (unless the same person posted the same message on both the UFT-. .rootsweb and genforum.genealogy . . . It is not considered terribly polite to post the same messages at both places at the same time. Better to post at one, then if no reply appears in a couple of days, post at the other site.)
To subcribe to the digest, send a message that contains only the wordsubscribe. Send it to UFT-Demail@example.com. You will usually receive one load of messages every day.
If you send a message that contains only the wordsubscribeand send it to UFT-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org you will receive each message about as soon as it is posted.
Save the first message you receive back. It tells you how to unsubscribe someday.
I prefer the digest, myself. After trying one version out you can change by subscribing to the other and unsubscribing to the first.
--- I log onto genforum.genealogy.com almost every morning and again almost every evening. Using latest messages, I can see some of the most recent messages that I have already read and the new messages (in another color) that I have not read. I read the messages ('latest messages' and 'today's messages', from the bottom up.)
Any time I get confused (grin) I go to the top of the current message that I am reading and if it is a response message, I click on the name of the person being responded to. (never end a sentence with a preposition)
My computer was down for two weeks. I stayed in the threaded section that comes up first, and scanned the threaded messages for as long as I had time to read. Again, the 'unread color' was useful even if not always accurate. That is, if I had read the message in 'latest' mode, sometimes the threaded version showed that message as unread.