Idea off the top of my head:
Would it be more convenient to view topics on one page instead of splitting it at a certain point? Maybe there would be some buttons or a dropdown box at the top that says "Go to post: 10, 20, 30, etc."
Sometimes I like to compare and look back at a different post, on a different page, and every time I have to switch pages again.
Am I missing something that makes the way we have it better?