Just lately i find this site splutters and jumps all over the place,i'm on ie9,is it me my machine or the site.Even replying to a post is now getting to be more trouble than it's worth. Sorry to moan but things do seem to getting worse,i've noticed some of the quieries seem very old and are on the top of the pile in each section.
The threads at the top stay there because they are current. As they get older and replies lessen so they gradually go lower and lower down the page until they either disappear or get resurrected by someone later. There's nothing unusual about that.
Whether it's your machine or just you, can be found out by buying a new machine or getting a "proper man" in to check it for you.
With respect, you have no idea how many people are using the forums. Don't make a judgement based on the number of posts you see - that's not any kind of indicator of total traffic. Over 5 million pages a month are clicked on our site overall, and an awful lot of those are in the forums.
As for being "slow, clunky, problematic and full of adverts." Current average page loading times are the fastest they have ever been, we've ironed out many of the problems that plagued us a while ago, and adverts are necessary if we are to continue to provide what is a huge free resource.
One which you seem to use largely for the purpose of making negative comments.
When I access any forum post with (Tcpview) running I see anything up to 39 or more tcp ports opening , on most other sites the norm is 5 or 6 on the odd occasion up to 12 , I also get occasional warning that a script is causing IE run slowly, if I choose yes to stop it the page then seems to respond almost instantly for a short while ?
We've disabled some of the behind-the-scenes items that affected page loading speeds, but it's an ongoing thing. Overall, site traffic has increased considerably of late, and although we're delighted to see it happen there can be penalties in terms of performance at peak times.
We watch the server loads in real time, and we can see when there are unexpected traffic peaks. That's when there's a possibility of page loads slowing. We'll keeping trying.