Many of you have noticed database errors in the past six weeks or so. They have been sporadic for months, but they were especially irritating in February. I think we have the problems more or less under control at the moment, but the situation is not stable. This is a result of the growth in forum usage we have seen in recent months.
To resolve this problem we have made arrangements for a more robust server. For the technically minded, it has more Apache processes and more MySQL database connections that will be available to us.
We have copied the latest version of the vBulletin software to the new server and tests suggest that it is functioning well. There are some other pieces involved in this move which makes the process quite complex.
When we make the move, we will need to shut down the forums for hours....perhaps as many as 48 or longer. This is necessary because of domain name "propagation". The new server has a different IP address, and it takes time for the IP address change to "propagate" through the Internet.
When the time comes to move, you will be unable to access the forums, and we will provide a simple information page telling what is happening.
I had hoped that we could make this move today, but as usual, additional complications have arisen. It may take a few more days.
As new information comes along, I'll post it here.