A few things:
- AF will be getting its OWN database server in the coming days which should not only help this site FLY, but also relieve stress from the database server on Phandroid, Neverstill (ad server), and our android applications website. All of this should help things improve across the board.
- When 3rd parties have slow loading ads, there isn't anything we can really do about it. We'll nag whoever we can to improve speed of content that loads from another source and we're already doing everything we can to make sure our own content loads quickly.
- We'll always keep AF free to everyone for the vast majority of features, with premium memberships simply being a way to offer special priveleges and features that are "perks", not typically standard requirements.
We will probably wait until this upcoming weekend to move the database server to reduce the irritation of downtime. But maybe not, we'll see. If the site is down for an extended period of time, cross your fingers that it is because we're changing servers!