There is only ever two black reply buttons. One in the original post and the other under the final post. Each individual post has blue text in the bottom right corner that says "Reply to Kreelor" or whoever. You seem to have this blue text missing, and the blue text that is the forum login is also missing for you. You have a blue text issue
Try installing IE9, Firefox, or Chrome. If you don't want to do that, The easiest thing might be to try to fix your IE8 installationhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/318378
My new Win7 64-bit computer has IE9 browser installed. I can use either the 32-bit version of it, or the 64-bit version of it. Nevertheless, both versions do NOT show that I'm logged in, nor do they recognize my email address and/or password.
Only on rare occassion can I find myself logged in, and that happens sporadically when I click on a link in an email sent to me when your system notifies me automatically that someone has replied to my post(s). It doesn't always work.
Does this forum run with IE9 64-bit browser? Does it require anything like Java to be installed? There must be some way to configure my system or your forum so that I can login and have it remember me each time I return. Those items are not visible for use.
EDITED, 30-seconds after posting the message, above: I just now got logged in. It's the 1st time I've ever been able to. BUT... I HAD TO LOGIN FROM THE POST I WAS MAKING, SINCE I CANNOT LOG INTO THE FORUM INITIALLY UPON VISITING IT. That's still the issue.