I had a situation tonight that I had a question on:
There are not many users on my board (yet). My friend sent me a PM (and logged out). A few hours later he called me to see if I got the PM. I did not get any email notifications (even though I have it set to notify me and I have been notified without incident in the past) so never read the PM.
As soon as I logged onto the site the email notification came in to my email inbox.
I realize that the email system (and cron) within phpBB is based on on visits to the site and that is (probably) why I did not get the email until I hit the site.
I have CRON on my system and I use it for other things. Is there any way I can "ping" (for a lack of a better example) my site so even if people don't visit the site, the emails and such go out. (e.g. curl a web page or whatever).
Or is there another way to accomplish this?