This page contains about 108 posts, not including the ever expanding list of WMK updates, accounting for approximately the past 7 hours of forum activity. When you click on the Last 25 Posts link, it contains well over 500 posts. Couldn't some bandwidth be recycled by limiting the Last 25 Posts to ohh, I dunno, let's say 25 maybe? Then using it to expand the first page of the main forum to a more user friendly length?
And how about those banners and such at the top of the page, couldn't they be reserved for the home page thus freeing up about 2 full screen lengths for the forum?
Since the index list has been shortened, Page 1 loads no faster for me than it did before, not that it took very long at all, but waiting for Page 2 or any subsequent pages affords the opportunity to play a complete game of FreeCell. I would think this is fairly common, which would explain why most topics are dead once they reach page 2. 6 or 7 hours is not much time when you consider that under the Old Forum, many discussions went on for 2 or even 3 days under the same thread.