To increase premium membership and/or increase site speed:
I've noticed in the first four days of Roland Garros that this site has once again become annoyingly slow. Then I came up with a bright idea while changing the banner in my signature; how about making one of the benefits of a premium membership be that you can access the forums during grand slams/YEC/Miami, while standard members would not be able to access the site for those weeks. It seems that every time a major event is going on this site becomes useless because it is too slow. As paying customers, premium members shouldn't have to wait for minutes at a time to see if their response was posted in a thread. I know some would reject the objective of this thread, but from a financial standpoint, it is a great idea. Either more customers will pay to have a premium membership, or less people will be on the board and everything will run more smoothly. If people do decide to pay the money for premium membership, that means more money will go towards getting bigger servers for the sight to run faster. It is a win-win situation in my mind.
This was just a harmless suggestion, and I don't want a bunch of hate coming this way just because I want this site to run better.