that is the concern the OP had for this thread.
The administrators of UF have plenty on their plates, right now, without us starting some sort of rally about this.
HTTPS shouldn't add to the issues the site is experiencing, the added "overheads" are slightly bigger for the client for instance (if I understood that lesson). But it would be something Canonical would have to be agreeable about and approaching them for more annual or bi-annual expenditure (pretty sure cert. authority is "rented") straight after the expenditure of these new servers, we are told will be implemented soon, probably wouldn't meet a warm reception.
I think it would be very professional of ubuntuforums.org to get a certificate and redirect all http requests to https but it won't stop me logging in and posting here if they never can/do. Anyway, as stated earlier in thread, if people are concerned about coming up with a 'throwaway' password to transmit in clear-text then they could use a launchpad id.
Last edited by dmizer; January 26th, 2011 at 02:55 PM.