They were all set correctly and the messages are still NOT coming up.

Could there be some problem in the database?

If you are logged in, it will let you switch modes and THEN most of the time it will correct itself and the messages show up.

So far all the mods can see the messages but a number of users cannot.

A couple of people have said that they have tried switching modes a few times and have still not been able to see the message but most people have said that this seems to have fixed the problem.

Basically if you are a guest, it is locking the messages away from your view and does NOT pay attention to the forum permissions settings.