im not the artsy type, but I have good ideas sometimes.
maybe we can have Kharak normal for no new posts, then Kharak burning for new posts? it will add a little warmth to the forum :-P
Please explain the "mixed-link-hw/c/2" and what You mean by that.
The [NEW] follows a predefined date-function in the code, but it could be written in to the link text of course. Later to be removed.
Your idea about DeepChrome is good, but I suggest we extend it to Jaen-ni-rin and RiesstuIV as well, since they have contributed too.