Tuesday 27 January 2009 12.11pm
Yes, that's how it works for everyone.
The "thank you" page is not actually a carbon copy of the front page, but the intention was to encourage forum posters to sample some of the content available on other parts of the site.
Others have commented on it before. I'm not keen on removing it, but the page is probably due for a refresh, though.
I'll also look into the speed issues with page loading times. I have a couple of ideas which might speed things up.