Posted: 06/08/2013 at 17:07
I'm enormously for these frustrating technical problems. I've just had an update from our technical helpdesk - they've identified the cause of the problems with threads not refreshing, and the issue with logging in to the competitions. A fix has been implemented, so you should see the effect of that shortly.
If you still have any problems, do let me know and I'll refer them back to the team.
Re: notification messages, this is being pushed up the priority list. This doesn't mean I can promise the fix will be instant, but the team are aware that it is an important issue and how frustrating it is for you that it's not working. I'll update you once I know more.
Thanks for your patience.