Caleb was recently experiencing long delays the first time he was loading the site. As a reminder, you can speed things back up by visiting the main page ( and clicking the Mark all read link at the very bottom of the page. This is useful for those of you who only frequent the Off Topic section these days.

Long term, I'm hoping the major version 8 upgrade helps reduce the overhead of tracking what posts you have read, but at this time there is no ETA on a release.