There are 18 thousand billion websites that use vbulletin and phpbb. Is it not acceptable to be different?
Our forum is fully integrated into our site so it's staying that way for a long time. It's incredibly simple: even an ape can use it. There aren't all those extra features like smileys and 17 different text boxes for different things. And it's secure because the source code is private.
The forum software isn't slow either. The server gets bogged down when there are 400+ people online at the same time because the online part has to reload each time. Speaking of which, I just had an idea.
Here's what I did:
Let's say there are 400 people browsing the site at once (like there is right now at 11:00 eastern). And let's say that people go to a new page three times a minute. So in one minute, the page is loading 1200 times. And each time it loads, it accesses the Online list database and figures out if the person had a dollar sign, if they have a profile, if they're a girl, etc.
So what I did is put a script on the server which creates that list once a minute. Then each time someone loads the page, they just grab the already created list off the server. So it saves accessing and parsing the data in that database about 1200 times a minute. That's a lot of extra load taken off!
And it worked like a charm. For the nerds out there, our load average at peak time is usually 7-15. Today, the highest it got was 3.8 (15 minute average).
Woot! Thank you mister first poster for dissing my forum software, you just made NS faster.
I'm not dissing your software. I was just suggesting some stuff you could do with the site. Most webmasters are concerned about conservation of bandiwith. I was just giving a suggestion on how to conserve some from one webmaster to another
Gotta love employee perks at Okemo 8^P