Afraid not. It meant that a database query was sent every time someone loaded the main page, and as such was causing too much load on our servers. We still haven't managed to completely excise the database errors, but you should have noticed fewer since we made that change (and some others which I bet you haven't noticed).
This has been discussed several times before - please use the search! Closing this thread to avoid duplication.
Director of Communications, Raspberry Pi