Not gunna insult anyone whose work this might be, so close this thread if you built it.
This forum runs like a bag of ass. I respect DIY but anyone who is reinventing the forum wheel is milking the experience at the cost of the user. I’d love to help unfuck this unless the code has already been monkey fucked and duck punched into a teenager’s homework assignment. But for Christsake figure out a cache strategy or something because I can see the damn hard disks spin up every time I click a forum link and wait 15 seconds for the forum load when I’m the only user and the last post was hours ago.
Regardless, a forum is $2.50 a month for hardware and a one click free install for the software.