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Is this new forum slower than cold molasses or is it just me?

Mar 5, 1999
That's the question. I am back to square one with no DSL and no new computer (another story and a long sad one I'll tell if I can figure out how to make a post in less than 10 minutes per post) and it's taking me forever to respond to these threads.

How about you?
It's not just you Uncle Bill. If you go into the General Forum, on top of the page is this message (from Spark, I assume):

"I'm told that the current slow speed of the forums is because of the new page caching "feature" that is in place in the new software. The forum speed is supposed to increase as the cache builds up. We'll see, cross your fingers."
Thanks Havoc,
I had the exact same question. I wasn't sure if it was a server problem, my ISP, or something new they added that didn't like my "Alternative" Web Browser. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0">
Well I am not yet impressed with this new set up. Very disapointing in fact. This whole thing of "loging in", didn't it make more sense when it was a part of the posting process?
I am oppossed to most change, This is yet another example of why I like things to stay as they are (where). There are exceptions but this ain't one of them.
When I was just reading posts the forum didn't seem any slower to me. After I logged in everything slowed down considerably. I just recently switched to a cable modem, I'd hate to think how slow this must with a phone line.
It's slow all right, but if it speeds up within a few days I think the new toys are worth the inconvenience. I've been playing with the new profile options and such and I think the new format's great. I changed my name and didn't have to lose my post history and registration date, which is all that kept me from doing it before. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0"> Same password too. Plus the push button smilies and UBB code, and seeing what the last post in each forum is. Of course, if it stays this slow, I say throw it out the window, but if it does speed up it was a good move IMO. <IMG SRC="smile.gif" border="0">
Man, you go off line for a week and all hell breaks loose. I'm with rkenney. I detest change, it's mostly for the worse. I connect to the internet at a feeble 26.4K over these wheezing old phone wires, so all these new BF bells and whistles serve only to make things so s-l-o-w for me here as to bring up thoughts of "life's too short for this."
Its slow alright. I'm using one of the computers at my college, and the forums are slow, and these computers are pretty fast. Hope this doesn't continue much longer.

Well, on the plus side, since it is server related the slowdowns shouldn't be varying too much. The problem isn't the amount of data being sent. It's the amount of time the server's taking to process each request, which means that the board probably isn't going to load significantly faster over a cable modem with on a P4 than it will on a 56k on a PII. So, we're all in the same boat.
At least I'm glad to see I'm not alone. I don't like change a lot, either, and am of the old philosophy if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
It's pretty dayumed slow for me as well and it's gonna take a while to get used to the changes.
There's also a discussion going on in the general forum about the member's ratings.
And that aspect is bothering a lot of people.
I think it would have gone over easier with some good explanatons of all the new features.
Right now it's too slow to make it worthwhile in checking the new features out. <IMG SRC="frown.gif" border="0">
From what I see I think I like the old format better. Once more, if it ain't broke don't fix it.
In general, the more features a program implements, the slower it is. This is usually a trade-off and one's tolerance for the trade is what determines one's level of satisfaction. This is the first time I have checked in since the "upgrade" so the slowness is not clearly a valid sample. However, my first impression is just plain terrible. The slowness is so painful that I cannot foresee spending much time on a forum like this and the way the features are implemented is truely, mindbogglingly awful. The login business is insane. Even I, who almost never accept and keep cookies, do keep cookies from Bladeforums and am more than willing to do so in order to store my username and password for posting. Now, along comes this utterly idiotic login and the cookies that Bladeforums has always had access to are no longer valuable to me. I would say that this new "upgrade" needs to go back to the drawing board.

Can't say that I see any slowdown, but then using a new UberBrowser (OmniWeb) this forum loads faster than ever.