As I’m sure you’re well aware, we’ve been going through hell trying to get the site functioning in a way that didn’t drive everyone crazy with its slow load times. I believe I have identified the source of the problem to be our user profile app, which is unfortunate because I really liked the way it looked and operated. Unfortunately, it appears to have been the resource that was sucking up so much of the memory and CPU from the server. Over the last few hours, I have installed a new profile app as well as a new private message app, and so far everything has been going swimmingly. The profile app isn’t robust as the previous one, but where we sacrifice the sexy looks, we get the speed back that this site should have. I believe I have integrated the new profiles and private messages into all sections of the site, but if you run across anything that doesn’t look right, feel free to give us a shout, comment here, or post in the forums. (Yes, the forums ARE back up, I just haven’t made a big deal about it or anything else yet because of the problems we’ve had.)
Odds are a few of you might have had private messages in the previous system that you are now unable to access. If this is the case, please contact us with your username and the other party’s username, and we can retrieve the information for you. Sorry to have to cut the old system off in this way, but again…we had to get the site back to a manageable speed.
Thanks again to each of you for sticking with us through our continued server/performance problems. With any luck, this will be the last time I have to write this type of message again!