1. It was always like that.
2. It's always vegtalk.org, both when I start the page and when I log in. Now that you mentioned it, I tried opening www.vegtalk.org
and I'm logged in! I have no idea how it happened, but I won't count my soybeans just yet, I'll see if it still works after a few hours.
3. Of course I meant "log me automatically on each visit" checkbox.