The site's been offline today, as many of you will know. We're sorry for the lack of service, but we needed to do some in-depth work on the server, and we had to stop the databases in order to do it.
We've been investigating the recent site problems at some length,and we think we may have identified the culprit - we're pretyy sure it's "My postings". When people start accessing that database we hit problems with page loadings, and it's related to the sheer size of 'My postings'.
I would be very grateful if everyone could steer clear of 'My postings' for a day or so - try to do without the facility of you would - and we'll see what happens. If things seems faster and more stable that way we'll probably take that database offline altogether within the next 24 hours, and run the forum without it for a while.
I'm sorry to be a pain, but we need the site to run in a more stable way, and this may be the answer - at least it will give us all a breathing space so we can resolve the problem once and for all.
I hope that it can be kept once the issues are cured; I find it essential for keeping track of threads to which I have contributed.
I like the idea (which has often been mooted recently) of removing older threads from the My Postings list, but if this is implemented, would it be possible to take a DIY approach and thus select which ones to keep? Some old threads contain useful information which is still relevant.
I can just picture the FE in that server room - attired immaculately as Sherlock Holmes in deerstalker and cloak, complete with pipe and magnifying glass - "investigating the problems" and "identifying the culprit."
I wonder though if he has invoked the assistance of Microsoft's very own Doctor Watson on this case? :o)) TC.
Yesterday was so frustrating as I thought for a long long time time that the fault was at my end, and it wasn't until I used IE that I found a message that the site was being worked on. This message didn't show on Opera at all.
I don't mind not clicking on my postings for a bit, but I will never remember which thread I was on without it, and I suspect that a lot of other members will have the same problem. I am not referring here to my own threads, but to those that I have responded to.
I suppose that if it must go, then it must, but without 'My Postings' life will be so much harder.
At the moment, the site is as usual, sometimes quick, and sometimes v. v. slow to react.