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Forum running a bit slow/temporary downtime - don't worry about it ;)
July 6, 2011
03:55
Benny
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Sorry it's taking several seconds for some things to load. This is because so many people are signing up at once that it's putting some load on the database. I'm talking to my host now to see about getting more resources or fixing the problem.

It might be slow for a day or two, but don't worry about it, this won't be permanent ;) There are quite a lot of you and only one website that is buckling under the awesomeness of it all :-P On normal days you won't see speed issues.

The day I announce it on the blog and get another rush of people it might be slow then too – just comes with the territory! Keep up the good work posting here, and just hold on for those 10 seconds it takes to load a page – it's worth it, you gotta admit :) In future there'll be normal loading times ;)

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July 6, 2011
04:02
Benny
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Hm – just after I sent that the entire site went down for 20 minutes! Sorry about that everyone Embarassed.

I'm talking to my host about upgrading my plan – I thought I was already on the highest level, but obviously if they can't handle just my e-mail list being sent here we'll have to rearrange something or transfer to someone else, to make sure that it can handle normal blog traffic to the forum when it goes public. Otherwise the same thing will just happen again next week…

Sorry again about all of this – just a few bumps before everything works smoothly ;)

Thanks for your patience!

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July 7, 2011
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What do you think about the following workaround I have in mind?

If pages are taking longer to load than you would like, consider the following procedure:

  1. Start loading all recent posts at once using RSS. [Don’t wait for the result, go ahead with next step!]
  2. Recap some recent vocab until the RSS results show up [Or do anything useful with the time you would otherwise waste waiting]
  3. Skim quickly through the RSS to identify posts of interest
  4. Read those posts thoroughly which arouse your interest [If you feel you’re missing the context of the discussion, you can selectively open topics using the links given]
  5. Start loading the topics you want to reply to using the RSS results. [Don’t wait for the pages, go ahead with next step!]
  6. Prepare your responses in a local text document
  7. Save the documents (It’s better to be safe than sorry, you know…), copy your responses
  8. Paste your reply using the icon (Mandatory step! Don’t just use crtl+v!) and submit it

The RSS results are sorted by submission time, which is convenient if you just want to consult the last few responses, but could be less than optimal if there so many unread posts that it’s getting over your head.

In any case, this method will save you time (by encouraging you to do something during page load) and avoid frustrations (if the title promising answers to that super interesting question takes 10 seconds to load only to display you questions without answers).

It could also contribute to reducing server use (to a very limited extend; the effect would be greater if there was a [second] cached RRS available only being refreshed upon new post submission – instead of being generated on the fly).

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July 7, 2011
16:15
Benny
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Excellent suggestion Lingo, thanks!! :D

I've got a major solution to make the site run at lightning speed. Stay tuned for an announcement ;) So workarounds won't be necessary!

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