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Assortment or set of type (alphanumeric characters used for printing), all of one coherent style. Before the advent of computers, fonts were expressed in cast metal that was used as a template for printing. Fonts are now stored as digitized images that can be scaled and otherwise modified for printing on electronic printers or digital phototypesetters. Fonts typically include the normal typeface (roman) as well as italic, bold, bold italic, and sometimes extra-bold versions.
Whenever there is a response given in a thread the thread is sent to the top of the list. So if a thread is getting lower and lower in the list and someone wants people to reply to it they "bump" it to the top.