Well one problem was solved. Or at least identified.
We've had an issue for a few years where you'd hit the reply button in the forums, then type in a message and when you hit "Post", the session disappeared. Actually I think this happens with the signup page sometimes as well. I've never been able to track it down, and being one of the most active posters, I haven't been too bothered by it. I've learned if I spend more than a minute on a post to STRL-A, CTRL-C to save it before hitting the post button.
So someone complained in a thread recently about it, and I completely understand the frustration. Especially since I really appreciate the help from Lowell, Brian Kelly, the Ninja, and more. Since I've got more resources now, and there are really 2 full time developers working on the next version of this site, I decided to toss this their way. They're much better developers, or at least more experienced than I. I think I'm pretty good, but I lack focus. :(
So they came back after some testing in the VM and thought it was related to the recycling of the application pool. These forums leak memory and we'd get the "SERVER UNAVAILABLE" message everyday. So I started recycling twice a day. That had grown to 6 times a day when the site was sold (and it was a concern from Red Gate) and recently went to every hour. That's the sysadmin response. The boss complains, fix it more frequently :)
So anyway, thanks to Stephen and Steve, they tracked it to the recycle. We've debated a couple fixes and got one great one from Lowell in the thread as well. Hopefully we'll get this fixed before too long since I'm not sure how long the site rewrite will take. It usually takes longer than expected, but Steve and Steve are on the ball. Now if this Steve could get on the ball, we'd be in great shape.
Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest