I just thought of another possible cause. If you're using a machine that isn't particularly robust in the image processing department, then EvC pages that have a lot of image scaling might load more slowly for you. Does this page:
Maybe we can find some common element between you and Ringo.
The one possible problem source that I'm excluding is the server itself. If some machines can render a page of EvC messages quickly, that means the server must be servicing the request quickly, and there's nothing that would cause the server to satisfy requests fast for some people and slow for others.
But maybe there's something about the environment. Can you both let me know the machine type, the operating system type and version, and the browser type and version.
Well, I see it at both home and work, probably mostly at work. At work a 4 year old Toshiba Satellite running Win7 x64, at home a HP Envy running Win8 x64. In both cases Opera 12.16 ( I don't like the newer versions, and I'd be glad to switch if I could find a browser I like as much).
The machine I'm using today is running Windows 7. At another branch I've used one running XP Professional. I always use Internet Explorer. This one is version 10. No other browsers are available on this machine.
Ringo and JonF: There's a program called tracert (short for traceroute). Open up a cmd window and give the command "tracert evcforum.net". This will list all the hops between your machine and EvC Forum. The last line should have three times in the 100ms range (it sends three packets and measures the round-trip time for each one). If it's significantly larger than 100ms then post the whole trace so I can take a look.