So here's the state of things as far as I am aware:
1. Forum moderation is broken with the latest update. The only potential fix is a beta version of the forum software that is specifically noted as not being ready for production. I don't know when a stable version will be ready. That leaves me with the options of either turning off forum moderation, which terrifies me, or leaving it as is, which means new users like Shane will never see their posts go live because I can't moderate them to approve them. Both options suck. I honestly don't know what to do.
2. Apparently many users are completely unable to load the site at all now. It seems to be an issue with IE8, but I have been unable to reproduce it. There is also a weird sporadic issue where, after logging in, the user winds up on an error screen that says "object has moved". I don't know why.
3. I am in the busiest time of the year for my job, handling all of the technical aspects of a major conference with 4,000 attendees at the Bellagio. I have little to no free time to troubleshoot these issues.
So, I feel like I am letting you all down, but it is what it is. I am trying to avoid making rash decisions like burning the whole thing to the ground. I appreciate your patience.
"Sadly then I knew the answer. All her life she was a dancer, but no one ever played the song she knew." - The Residents