Hey Eric, I turned off my avitar system for now untill you get thing to a comforable level. Maybe you could just turn off the system temporarily or others could turn off thier avitar to help on the server load. I don't know if this will help, but I cleaned out my PM folder too. One other idea. I notice that there are a sh*tload of poeple registered. Anyway that you could automatically deactivate accounts of people who register and never come back. Say like after 3-6 months or so?