I think the late Lithium months and early big blue days were the most fun times of the old forum. The old OT and SW boards were a blast back in the day. :)
I used to lurk the forums heavily back so many years ago when I was in my early teens (in my mid twenties now), and the forums were so much funner back then, there's just too many hot-button topics and religious debates to find any fun here... And I think the forums were smaller back then too, so the community was more knit. I find it hard to remember user though, I seem to remember most people by their sigs.
Also at 10:44 AM CST, when trying to open this topic I instead received a page that showed the grey Breadcrumb/Navbar for forums/threads, and the submit etc buttons. Everything else was as though it didn't exist.
I understand perfectly the need that it willl take some time to get it working. And as someone else mentioned besides the core bugs we all know about the forum essentially kind of 1/5 quit working a couple weeks ago. It seems whatever happened on that date seems to have caused it.
Alex mentions serverload yet I'm seeing this issue crop up regardless of users onboard. Granted I'm sure you guys have site statistics that may not correlate to what I've experienced, but it seems like it may be a deeper issue than just the serverload.
I know I had the issue yesterday morning at 7:00 am with under 2,000 people online and I still have the same problem between 5:00 and 6:00 pm with 5-6,000 users online.
Not sure if you guys noticed it or not, I never see any admins post anymore so I doubt you guys know its broke. Just an FYI. Hard to own the sheep when the site can't handle it.