||The site appears sparse just now because everything is being turned off and bolted down by elby so things run faster.
We are getting zillions of hits from HardOCP & loads of other sites, plus the anime hits, which is really straining the server.
So default view is minimal, topic icons and graphics are off, who's online is off, all to stream things a bit. Elby has been tweaking for ages.
When all these hits die down a bit these things will be turned back on. And when we move to a new, better server at the colocation facility we have lined up, things should be better too :-)