Everything should be perfectly fine as of yesterday. I am an IE 6 user myself so DaniWeb definitely works in IE. Additionally, I'm in NY and the server is down in Texas, so it's not as if I have any special connection to the web server. If you can't access the site from one browser but you can from another on the same machine, I suspect you have something cached or perhaps a software firewall is acting up.
There really hasn't been any consistant downtime. We were down two or three times over the past week, with no time being for more than an hour, in addition to about 5 hours during which DaniWeb was read-only while the database was being transferred to the new server.
I'm confused why. For me, when I click on the Posts Since Last Visit link, it works the same way with 3.0.x as it does with 3.5. The only difference is now it additionally shows "threads that have not been updated since your last visit but still contain unread posts" below the listing. I find it more helpful :)
I dont know why VBULLETIN included DATABASE thread tracking anyway on 3.5,its very MEMORY HEAVY on the DB,its silly to store stuff that way..... (Uses alot of storage to remember everyones last read post,etc......)
Regardless they should have made it a LOCAL OPTION that the user can control from thier control panel (Allow members to choose DB tracking or the old way on thier account) -- That would make more sense than what they did (Made it a global setting either 1 or the other)
It's not as memory heavy as you might think because once you visit a forum, it automatically considers all threads within that forum older than 15 days as read. (From what I understand at least, I might be mistaken). The previous cookie-based method wasn't working well for us because a lot of our members access the site from home and from work and cookies don't remember settings. Additionally, a lot of the Windows users frequently clear their cookie settings when trying to debug IE problems and browser hijacks. Besides, without database-stored thread marking, I wouldn't be able to have added that neat feature to the homepage that shows recently viewed threads when you're logged in :)