Two things: Spammers and Slow Forum
There's a spammer running loose on the forum. Get 'im! http://www.applefritter.com/user/21725
Also, is there a reason why it takes 30+ seconds for the forum page to parse on the server? Sub-pages (threads and sub-fora) load quickly, but the main page (http://www.applefritter.com/forum/) always takes 30+ seconds to load on all my Macs (ranging from PCI PowerMacs to dual 1 GHz G4, so it isn't a client-side problem).