for the past twelve hours or so I have been receiving new post notifications for posts that were made months (and sometimes years) ago.
Is someone playing around with the forums triggering a backlog of notifications to be sent that were not sent when they originally should have been?
From technical staff: there was a problem in the system(s) that support the NNTP interface to the forums. this was solved and a recovery run was done. Both of the llinks you provided point to NNTP posts.
It is not exact clear what triggered what and why only you seem to have noticed this. Several parameters (like notfication can be done “direct” or “daily”, or …) can influence this. Also it could be that most other people clean up their list of subscriptions.
Again, thanks for reporting the case and keeping us up-to-date.