My update is reallllly minimal, but I did want to come let you know, even if it's only a one-issue/one-sentence kind of thing -- because the one thing is a pretty big deal!
You've probably felt the slowness this afternoon. In short, our mammoth db of 15 years of data is a space hog. It's so big, it's causing the periodic slowness. I don't have good tech-speak to share on what exactly they're doing, but they are working on the server to see how it can be permanently rectified. It is *the top priority* for fixes to our boards; once this problem is fixed, they will then work on the next item on the list.
On that note...have a good weekend!