A slew of recent Chinese hackers precipitated a glitch in the server and we were down overnight for a large part of the US. Should be working now.
Updated to the latest vbulletin 4.2.1 "143 bug fixes, improvement requests, and feature requests", but really I don't see any great new features.
I finally got the time to update us to the current version 4.2. No new features except perhaps the Activity Stream. Right now the stream is empty; I guess it's waiting for some new stuff to include.
As part of our never ending effort to get the forum to pay for itself, today I added a mod that will add our associate link to any Amazon.com url posted. In theory, we get like 4% of a referred sale. In practice, we have yet to get a penny from Amazon. But then we've never pushed it because it's always been an incredible pain to get a referral link, Also, if someone browses away the link disappears and I know we're still supposed to get a referral for anything they buy in that session, but since
The S&B website has always existed on the cheapest web servers available - called "shared" servers because several hundred websites share a single computer (called a "server"). Usually this works well, assuming everyone on the server uses a small portion of the server's resources. But sometimes bad things can happen to one website and those can cause every other website on the server to slow down.
When this occurs, a 'static' website such as one person's Wordpress