This morning, I used my usual Bookmark to open the Forum and it was very slow. I opened the Forum Index, and again it was very slow. Opening threads was so slow I received a few 'Timed Out' messages. The Quick Reply box opened at the usual speed. Then I noticed that every time I change pages within the website, I was getting 'waiting for www.googleadservices.com' for minutes at a time. Just made me wonder if anyone was noticing this, and have third pary links been responsible for other instances where the Site has been accused of being slow?
I just had a look and it's taking about 40 miliseconds to load from that domain for me, so nothing significant. If anone else experiences problems though I'll have someone take a look.
Sometimes when things are slow like that, its probably due to the server being busy. I've noticed that a few times over the years, I usually just leave it and go do something else, then when I try again a few minutes later, I get through no problem. ;)