Let me try to address a few things, semi-coherently if I may...
1. Steve, the word 'webmaster' under your screenname has just turned into an annoying green link
And the forum is still slow for me.
2. No, I'm not using Firefox, and for reasons that I won't get into here, I will not be installing Firefox anytime soon. On principle, I don't think I should have to just to protect myself from the decisions of MTF, but that's another issue.
3. As for premium membership, I admit I have been considering it for months, but I keep fudging on it for various reasons. I will not be upgrading now because it feels almost like a shakedown under these circumstances (you want to talk tennis with your friends without the horrible slowdown, pay up!). Also, let's say I do pay for my membership, I'll still be peeved that people I know and like are still being subjected to this BS by an entity that I've just given money to. I just can't bring myself to do that right now.
4. I have no problem with vBetting, I've even placed a few myself, but I don't understand anyone who gets obsessive about it. It's just for fun and it just doesn't seem to be fun if someone is nitpicking about every single penny of it.
Anyway, I want to chat with my friends tonight, I need some happy fun thoughts, so I am going to try to deal with this, but I won't enjoy it...