Myff management systems workI like to remind people occasionally that the forums are supported by a lot of code outside of phpbb2/phpbb3.
There is a whole client/server architecture geared to creating and managing forums that has been developed over close to three years now.
This system makes the off the shelf forum creation scripts look like the toys they are.
Today has seen the addition of extra logging to the system as well as a large optimization of many processes by caching database connections.
The new logging keeps a record of management operations, logging process id, and the time and progress of the operation.
This takes away the need to assume that everything is going like clockwork, whilst it does 99.9% of the time it is much nicer to be able to simply see that it has, and also keep track of the duration of management processes.