I've been using IE8 for a few weeks and have not fully worked my way through all its add ons. There is something called "compatibility view" and I though to myself "wonder if this might help?" and it did!
I had to click on it for each of the areas where I was having a problem - The Home page - The post reply page - and the members page. Now everything is back to normal. At least until I log off - have to see what happens after that
Well, I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one experiencing this issue. I just automatically assumed it was my end, because it usually is. For example, the past 2 days, I have been unable to load the Weather Channel website (weather.com), so I just assumed this was a related issue.
I thought I wouldn't be able to log in, but I found a way. If you hit the Reply button at the bottom of a page, it'll come up with a window asking if you want to log in, register, etc. So I was able to log in by doing that. Of course I'm unable to see if I have any messages. Notifications are easy, because you just see what topics have been replied to or not, and then find your last post to make sure you didn't miss any posts... of course, there are only a handful of us that last thing would work for, since not a lot of us actually post!