In case you've been wondering why the forum has been down for a while, we've somehow manged to become the target of someone, or someones, in China with thousands, perhaps millions, of unique IPs and a lot Internet bandwidth to waste. The forum has been around since the 90s and has been the target of many spammers over the years but the recent attack appears to just be a malicious waste of the site's resources with no obvious gain other than, perhaps, to confirm that they are the HUGEST assholes on the Internet. Mission accomplished. I'm convinced. Doubt: removed. You may have noticed that I'm getting tired of dealing with these poor people who have nothing better to do with their time and resources than take a shit on some silly forum like ours. It's sad really.
We're still in the process of improving the site's ability to deal with this problem so the forum may go back into maintenance mode from time to time but if you are a human please check back as we do have some useful (and not just defensive) changes coming.