I hope that by now most of you will have noticed a distinct improvement in the way the forum is behaving. Pages should be loading rapidly, and the timeout errors that we were all experiencing when trying to post to the threads should be noticeable by their absence.
I'm not saying the war is won, but we have certainly made progress. Next week, if things appear to have settled down, we'll reinstate the 'My postings' facility, and watch the results. We think that all will be well, but we're going to make sure we can walk before we try to run. This forum takes a real hammering in terms of traffic - half a million threads in the archive takes some handling when the site is busy, and at peak times the software is having to cope with hundreds of page requests a minute. When you remember that each one of those pages is created dynamically by the software and the databases 'on the fly' and served to each forum user separately you'll have some idea of why there can be problems.
For the long term we're now looking at making some fairly major changes to your favourite forum - many of which will give us all a much better experience - so please hang on in there, it will be worth it in the end.
Thanks a million for being so patient over the past couple of weeks or so - we appreciate your loyalty. I've posted the same thread in Speakers Corner.