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Is the site getting better ot worse


mole1944

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Just lately i find this site splutters and jumps all over the place,i'm on ie9,is it me my machine or the site.Even replying to a post is now getting to be more trouble than it's worth. Sorry to moan but things do seem to getting worse,i've noticed some of the quieries seem very old and are on the top of the pile in each section.

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wee eddie

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I have just turned off the Ad-Blocker.

The current background Ad is fairly simple by comparison to some that I have seen in the past.

Normal loading time (Blocker turned on) - 3-5 seconds per page.

Blocker turned off, so including the current AD - 26 seconds.

In the past, many of the more complex Ads have pushed my page loading time to well over the minute.

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onthelimit1

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At FE's suggestion am trying Chrome. Much faster than IE9.

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morddwyd

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"A delay of 4-5 minutes to load a page is unheard of as far as we're concerned"

Not happening with me at the implement, just the slow initial log on and when posting, but was certainly a regular occurrence in the recent past.

I would get page time-outs after several minutes sometimes lasting for hours.

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woodchip

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No matter what I use, I have nearly always had problems with Java Script turned on with the site. I have used Netscape Flock and now FF 16.0.2 and still have the problem. Do not know if this can be addressed on the Site Settings for Java. It just hangs on it in Flock I get the Script error and asks do I want to stop it, Yes and it then is ok till next time

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Condom

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FE

Thanks for your response. The time here is now 18.30'sh so hopefully it is still a quiet time in the UK.

I have done as you ask and gone beyond the forum. BBC loads in seconds most of the time except for the odd news page or two. Everything else I use is also working just fine.

Within the Site itself I have looked at the following pages. "Microsoft Sells 4 Million Windows 8 Upgrades" which took 8 seconds to load. However within that story clicking on "Price in the UK" took 2.5 minutes to load.

I then went to "Was Apple Sweeping Its bad News Away" which loaded in 2 seconds and within that story "Apple making 58% Profit from Sales Of iPhone" took 3 seconds.

I then tried "Apple delays Next iTunes Release" which took 1 second and the story within that of "Some big changes this week" took 2 seconds.

All the above was to me impressive apart from the one page as I would class 1 or 2 seconds as instant.

I then went back to Speakers Corner which took 1 minute 45 seconds to load. During this time the page freezes and the only way out is using the back arrow. I then went to "Is this site getting better or worse" which took a further 2 minutes to load. Page 2 also took a further 2 minutes whilst page 3 took 10 seconds.

If you look at my posting of 5 days ago "Please tell them to leave it alone now" you will see that the site worked just fine for me but only for a few hours. I therefore suspect that the fault does not lie within my laptop but I'm sure stranger things have happened so I seldom discount anything.

When pages are loading I can see page references flying by at the foot of the screen but when I get delays it always seems to be on "waiting for idg.grapeshot although the url might be longer than that but that is all I can see of it.

Anyway I hope some of this makes sense to you and might suggest some ways forward. I'm off out now to play in a pool league match where I suspect we are going to get a drubbing so I can only hope that the football which follows on behind is as good as last Saturday.

I am using IE 9 and the latest FF and there is not much between them. I use Avast and Do Not Track and everything on my laptop is up to date according to Secunia.

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Forum Editor

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Condom

Thanks for all that - most helpful. Good luck with the pool.

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mole1944

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Thanks for all your replies,i'm trying to close the thread but can't find whare or what to click to close it,i tried to contact FE all i got was a rectangular box with a wait icon spinning round ans after 5 minutes nothing.It is and maybe a good site but there is something amiss with it,i'm on the point of saying byee to you all,i look after my wife with dementia and could do without the extra stress this site is causing me.

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Phil Ocifer

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Mole 1944

You can't "Close" the thread but you can mark it "Answered", but even that doesn't stop people posting to it.

At the bottom right hand corner of each answer, you will see a big grey tick. Find the answer that most suitably addresses your original post. Click the Tick and wait (and wait) until it turns green. Job Done! It's a "toggle" so you can undo it and choose another answer if you want. Then you can click another link or bomb out of the thread whatever suits you.

You don't get the tick on other peoples posts, just your own. You can "Like" someone elses answer on other peoples posts by clicking the "thumbs up" icon.

Only the Moderator can properly "Close" a thread by Locking it. You'll see the occasional red padlock denoting a particularly interesting or controversial thread that has got out of hand. Or in the case of the FEs thread about Top Cats post, a particularly uninteresting pointer to a "moved" thread.

Don't get stressed over the site. Gloss over undesired comments and be prepared to click a link and walk away for a few minutes. I'm getting through lots of coffee!! Write your replies in wordpad then copy and paste into the thread.

Alternatively, visit the PCA site on a smartphone or mobile device throught Safari or similar where ads are few and far between.

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mole1944

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Cheers phil

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Strawballs

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I have been using Chrome for a while now, only use IE while at work because I have no choice and I'm not impressed with it!

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