I need to rebuild the forum archive. I do this once a year to maintain the forum's snappy performance.
This is when I move old topics to the archive so the active set of topics is smaller and thus faster for the database.
I try to start around 9am US/Eastern time. It takes about 45 minutes and it's best to shut the site down until it's done.
If things go well, I think it could be done by 10am, or noon if something goes wrong.
I just did the yearly offer/trade message archiving. That can be done while the site is up. It only takes a minute.
Seems to me that when you did this last year, it took significantly less time than you thought. https://gametz.com/Site_Feedback/gametz-will-littl...
BTW, the pager for Site Feedback only seems to be showing next/previous page, without page numbers for faster skipping. General, for example, gives me numbers to click. Something going on with SF?
I was having trouble that day too. I would have to refresh a couple times to get pages to load and this was the only site doing it.