I visit the forums quite frequently, but the last few days I have been receiving a vBulletin message that the server is under too high of a load to serve my request and to please try again later (I can't remember the exact wording). Anyway, at first it was infrequent, but now it is happening almost everytime I visit the site. Is anyone else experiencing this? It doesn't seem like these boards are active enough to cause things to come to a hault like that.
I have been notified by the system administrator for the Phoronix Forums server that we are going through too much bandwidth and other resources . With that said, some optimizations are being implemented to hopefully address these issues without seriously impacting the user's browsing experience. A server load limit is being turned on with vBulletin, but if you see these alerts frequently, please post here or send off a message to Phoronix.
We are also examining other possible routes, such as moving the Forums server in-house or other avenues.
Wow, that's odd. :-/ There aren't even many images posted in the forums, so it can't be that either. If vBulletin is the culprit, maybe you should try PunBB, it's probably the most light-weight forum software out there.
I'm sure Michael shares the same mindset as me when it comes to vBulletin. It's a pain in the ass, but it's feature-rich and secure. It would likely be a server specific issue, not the software to be honest. Unless modifications were made, of course.