I think what threw me off was this. I tried clicking on "member" under my large avatar at the top and it was not linked to my forum profile. Perhaps this was because I was the original poster in this thread.
I'm not sure if this was an oversight or if it is intended. It's always helpful to be able to see the wordpress.com blog that a member is asking questions about when you are trying to help them (mature not-safe-for-work blogs are the exception of course).
I would like to see that feature re-instated so "member" is linked to the forum profile of the original poster in a thread just as it is linked to "member" in the posts that follow the original one. I'm wondering: how do others feel about this?