Looking at the front page of Fruit-Emu, I noticed this...
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...notice how the Wizard ( and only the Wizard birthday thread has increased posts ).
Perhaps it's a setting for "Hot" type threads with a lot of recent activity that has changed / broken on the portal.
For testing / diagnostics, can everyone post something to the this thread - to push the counter up ( but unique posters please ) to see if this makes a change and the portal starts updating.
It might be nothing - but if it helps give anyone who is looking at the issues a heads up as to what the problem is - it might be a useful bit of info.