I've turned off quick links for everybody, as I'm more and more certain that it's strategic combinations of old-time, non-forum-marking-read people hitting the index page that's causing our mysql to end up stacking up.
FYI/FWIW, I haven't seen any of the oddities since you made that change. Seems like a reasonable theory to me! Thanks.
Congrats on 2 million hits! This is quite a feat considering:
1. 1.3 million of them are The Cubs Fan checking his own columns out...
2. There aren't any NASCAR columns.
Just kidding of course on both accounts. Well done.