Albiet one that I doubt many of you use but a feature nonetheless. We are going to disable the ability to 'watch topics for replies.'
Why are we doing this? We are a fast moving board, some of our more popular topics will get, and I'm pulling a number out of nowhere here, 20 posts an hour and often more. This in and of itself isn't a real problem. If you want your inbox flooded that's your business. The problem is that many service providers are doing everything in their power to stop spam.
"Wait deni, what does that princess in africa, viagra and russian teens have to do with the forum?"
Well Billy, I'll tell you. See to hotmail, aol, time-warner, gmail or a myriad of other providers, all of those topic responses look like spam at best, attacks at worse so unless you've setup your spam filters to allow any and all garbage from this board, it gets bounced.
This causes a whole host of problems that I'll let alpha talk on if he feels the need but we think that at the very least it will take a load off of the servers which means a faster, more stable forum on which to exchange vibrant and colorful ideas like "why does the xbox suck so badly" or "more like gay-lo am i right?"
There is some good news though. When we upgrade the board in December we will be replacing the email notifications with RSS 2.0 notifications. I'm told this is the Cat's Pajamas and a salve to cure all ills. I even hear that RSS 2.0 has saved countless crack addicted orphans with cancer.