Your user settings were set to NOT subscribe to threads. As a result, when looking at the User CP and the board, you didn't see the subscription flag and place holder for last read post.
You also limited your view to see only threads from the last 2-weeks. This would keep you from seeing anything older than 2-weeks
Finally, you had selected not to receive Admin email. Email is only sent by the system to remind you to renew a subscription or when you request a password reminder, and similar things. We don't spam our members. I changed those options and you should see a difference. Change it back from your User CP if you choose.