We are absolutely stumped at the moment. We've been installing anti-DOS stuff over the last few days, but it is all uninstalled again and the server is still sweating like hell to keep up with the low load we have now.
I'm sure all will become clear if I keep scratching my head!
How dare you leave this free web site in a semi usefull state? I am full of beer and insist that you rectify it for no thanks or money.
It is a sh1te load faster though, me thinks the search function may be the cause of much slowness.
Avatars on the right still makes my mighty manbrain hurt though. Have resolved my earlier bone and frankly ridiculous alcohol fuelled comment of "it looks awful" by now setting my home page to the "latest 100 posts" so I skip the home page that is obviously aimed at visitors and new users.
But it doesn't work as you selfishly want that useless commodity called "sleep". Anyone would think you have other things to do rather than pander to us selfish tw*ts.
Perhaps generating the latest posts from the RSS feed rather than the search facility would be better? (e.g. using CaRP). Presumably the RSS feed is updated only when a new message is posted without any overhead on the database?