hey Chuck thanks for all the help.
I trust these guys they know what they're doing. It was really just a matter of things piling up one after another and us putting out fires left and right. The photopost problem came from left field and was caused by a php upgrade gone bad i guess.
Everything seems to be working now.
One more question. during all the problems the avatars of some of the categories were removed and replaced by images they uploaded last, i guess that wasn't supposed to happen since the avatar url's are hard coded on the category description page.