|QUOTE (Opius @ Jun 16 2005, 23:02)|
| Searching is already disabled, so it isn't the cause.|
You DO know that to display even a single page of a topic three or more queries are needed? Right?
That's the problem, just viewing the forums causes a strain on the database. You can't fix that through the front end.
It's partly the queries, but it's also how efficiently those queries are run and how well the code is written. I'm sure the code/queries in IPB 1.3 aren't as optimized as most other new forum software... Especially with any modifications that have been made.
I understand that to change forum software it takes a LOT of time, planning and some money... Believe me, I've ported over dozens of ancient forums for some customers and it's no walk in the park... But eventually it's going to have to be done. LOL I remember helping a client re-design his website and he was running some ancient version of PHPbb, and he wanted to bring it all over to vBulletin 3.5; had over 2 million posts on that sucker. It took forever, but once it was done all he could talk about was how much better things were loading.
Perhaps a premature suggestion, but again: It's going to have to be done sooner or later. I think it'd be better to take some sort of action like this sooner than to just wait for so many people to stop coming to the site, or to limit them in whatever ways that have been suggested.