Here's an idea that strangely enough hasn't been implemented yet, especially since it's such a simple one which I don't believe would require much code work:
What's the best way to keep the forum data safe? Answer: back up the tables regularly
What's the easiest way to do this for the average user? Answer: use the 'backup tables' function in the CP
Now this is something that we should all be doing, in my case I do this every fortnight. Some of you might even be doing this on a weekly basis, or even more regularly (damn, this sounds like I'm writing about something else...
Obviously the best time to do this is when the forums are the LEAST busy, which is probably when you users are fast asleep. There's only one problem - having to manually switch the board off and on again.
When I hit 'Submit' and start my table backup at around midnight... I have to wait until 2:30-3:00 AM so that I can switch the board back on before crashing out myself. Why isn't such a simple task automated? Why can't the table backup feature automatically close the board when it starts... and then reopen the board after it's finished with everything?