Guys, let's be careful how we speak here. I believe it's been pointed out that perhaps a dodgy raid disk or something else is to blame, which is going to be swapped. I don't know the in's and out's but it has been said many times that the site is growing in membership numbers which might be contributing to the problems. Simply throwing cash at the forum isn't the solution. Better to work out the long term objectives of the forum and work out revenue generating intiatives, be it club membership or other to support it and it's growth. Only the AO Admin/Owners etc know the real score. I am sure they have strong ideas were this place should go.
Do not alienate people buy saying most who use it should pay up. We would lose alot of people if this stance was taken and remember alot just join up for their tech needs and don't return afterwards.
Then there are people out there who would say that there is enough money to support the membership level here, but perhaps they do not appreciate the look and feel/development that has gone in to making it "snazzy"/bespoke as it is. Besides, a profit here or there is not entirely unwarranted, is it?
So let's keep being welcoming and not shoving the need to pay down peoples throats. It's worked so far and many like ourselves do dig into our pockets when "we" think the time is right. The odd little friendly nudge is fine but some of the words used in this thread thus far seem a littly too pushy. IMHO.
[There was a time that drivel was blamed for all the slowness... shall we have those return, any current members of the same mindset and elect for certain theads for closure