thanks for the feedback everybody, please keep it freely flowing.
There was a server breakdown at the Swedish meatball server company... from which we haven't fully recovered yet; the forum seems slow.
Anyways, forum software updates are being tested by Gabi offline.
We will switch gears to PHP 7.x and the latest incarnation of the forum software phpbb 3.3.
which will definitely make the forum much faster. We have to make the forum more accessible for mobile devices, we also need better attachment management, automatic resizing of images and if this sever company doesn't clear out its act, we may have to upgrade server plan or even move servers...
the list is endless, because here's where the you guys have to chime in on forum functionality you would like to see implemented.