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What has happened to make FreeRepublic so slow?
Vanity Question | 01/24/2009 | Swordmaker

Posted on 01/24/2009 4:56:12 PM PST by Swordmaker

I have noticed that FR has become abysmally slow in response and page loading in the past day or so. I've noticed a few responses in the threads where other Freepers mention in passing the slowness. I checked it on several of my client's locations. Everywhere I brought up FR was slow.

Sometimes takes up to 30 seconds to load the browsing pages. Moving to a topic, is a bit faster but not much.

I also noticed last night that doing title searches that used to bring up pages of responses now only bring up less than a page.

John, Jim, what's going on? Are we being hit by a Denial of Service attack?


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1 posted on 01/24/2009 4:56:18 PM PST by Swordmaker
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To: Swordmaker

Increased internet traffic?


2 posted on 01/24/2009 4:58:06 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Swordmaker

Increased internet traffic?

I’ve noticed the slow down too.


3 posted on 01/24/2009 4:58:06 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Swordmaker

Slow for me and also the search function was messed up yesterday. I know everytime I tried to search, I got an error and I saw alot of duplicates.


4 posted on 01/24/2009 4:58:10 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: Swordmaker

Well, Barack is trying to shut his opposition up...

Attacking FR would be a way of preventing them from organizing an effective opposition.


5 posted on 01/24/2009 4:58:55 PM PST by benjibrowder (Looking forward to kicking Obama out of office in 2012.)
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To: Swordmaker; Jim Robinson; John Robinson; Admin Moderator

Any clue as to why FR is slowed to a crawl?


6 posted on 01/24/2009 4:59:26 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Swordmaker

I thought it was just me...


7 posted on 01/24/2009 4:59:26 PM PST by garykfd (American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God!)
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To: John Robinson; Jim Robinson

Why is FR so slow the last few days?

It took 21 seconds to return to the thread after hitting the POST button. 30 seconds to bring up the browser window. My Status Bar on Safari says “Contacting on www.freerepublic.com” for a long period... then it switches to “Waiting for www.freerepublic.com” for another long period.


8 posted on 01/24/2009 4:59:54 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

FreeRepublic uses antiquated technology (perl/cgi).


9 posted on 01/24/2009 5:00:05 PM PST by libh8er
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To: Swordmaker
Get a Mac.....

sorry...had to say it..;)
Same thing from this side of the world also...very slow and draggy.
10 posted on 01/24/2009 5:00:18 PM PST by Tainan (Where's my FOF Indicator?)
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To: garykfd
I thought it was just me...

That's why I posted... I decided it wasn't just me...

11 posted on 01/24/2009 5:01:36 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker
I am one who has a tendency to worry about cyber attacks from the enemies of free speech. Paranoia aside, the Free Republic is working on some very sophisticated equipment. With its complexity, there can always be a module somewhere in the system that gums up the performance.
12 posted on 01/24/2009 5:03:44 PM PST by jonrick46
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To: Swordmaker

it took 23 sec from the time i clicked reply for the post box to come up.. usually takes 4-5 sec


13 posted on 01/24/2009 5:04:46 PM PST by garykfd (American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God!)
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To: libh8er
FreeRepublic uses antiquated technology (perl/cgi).

It was almost as antiquated last week when FR was quick and snappy... a week's more aging shouldn't antiquate UNIX or LINUX that much more.

;^)>

14 posted on 01/24/2009 5:05:25 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

Somebody must say it!

Too many vanities?

:-)


15 posted on 01/24/2009 5:05:25 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( Never mind.........it may go both ways...)
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To: Swordmaker
We're under attack by BO's thugs. Looks to me like the Robison's have developed a way to keep FR up....we were down lots during the election season and during the debates....I'd say this is great we're slow but can still pull up FR and post. It's better than having FR down.
16 posted on 01/24/2009 5:05:45 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Swordmaker
* Black helicopters (or is that considered racist now?)
* Bush's fault
* Stateful inspection of packets to track down conservatives
* Billy-the-Bomber has gone high-tech and is now bombing websites
* Rahm Emanuel is going site by site, stabbing a table with a steak knife yelling "dead, dead, dead!" each time a successful denial-of-service is completed.
* Rush's fault
* Another Clinton-inspired coincidence
17 posted on 01/24/2009 5:05:45 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: jonrick46

I HATE gummy electrons don’t you?? LOL


18 posted on 01/24/2009 5:07:06 PM PST by garykfd (American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God!)
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To: Swordmaker

2 solutions. Clean your hard drive of internet porn and temporary files and maybe it’ll go faster.
-the 2nd is that “maybe” FReepers haven’t PAID FR in this current $$ drive so the servers suffer.


19 posted on 01/24/2009 5:07:27 PM PST by max americana
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To: garykfd

Nope same slow here ... I thought it was just my ISP.


20 posted on 01/24/2009 5:07:27 PM PST by Tarpon (America's first principles, freedom, liberty, market economy and self-reliance will never fail.)
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To: Swordmaker

Don’t know. For me its only FR.


21 posted on 01/24/2009 5:08:26 PM PST by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: Swordmaker

I decided to reduce my posts to almost zero the last two days.


22 posted on 01/24/2009 5:08:36 PM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: nmh

Yepper, slower than ever, other destinations same (Quick) however, just FR slowing to a crawl now... Dunno what causing it......Hope Jim gets it solved....


23 posted on 01/24/2009 5:08:45 PM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: Tainan
Get a Mac.....

I've GOT a Mac... ;^)>

Everywhere else is really quick. I just upgraded from DSL to AT&Ts Uverse... going from around 568Kb per second to 6Mb pers second... and FreeRepublic SLOWED DOWN!

24 posted on 01/24/2009 5:09:05 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Girlene; nahanrac; bigheadfred

Ditto....super slow mo


25 posted on 01/24/2009 5:10:14 PM PST by lilycicero (I am the new generation of carpetbaggers.)
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To: Swordmaker

This is nothing. You shoulda tried using FR about 12 hours ago.


26 posted on 01/24/2009 5:10:23 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: Tarpon

I’ve been at other sites and they are fast/normal...FR is under attack by BO’s thugs.


27 posted on 01/24/2009 5:10:54 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Swordmaker

balky and slow slow slower
going on 3 days now
I have FIOS


28 posted on 01/24/2009 5:11:18 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: shield

People on dial up are screwed doubt they can even pull up FR....


29 posted on 01/24/2009 5:12:56 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Swordmaker

There’s just more of us here drowning our sorrows in typed conversation these days.


30 posted on 01/24/2009 5:14:19 PM PST by madison10
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To: mamelukesabre
This is nothing. You shoulda tried using FR about 12 hours ago.

I don't know what FR was doing then, but I was fast then... fast asleep, that is.

31 posted on 01/24/2009 5:15:14 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

It’s because of a Black Barry virus.


32 posted on 01/24/2009 5:15:32 PM PST by cruise_missile
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To: Swordmaker
Posters are using too many BIG words. And there's too many misspelled words so the guy that looks up stuff in the dictionary is really busy.
33 posted on 01/24/2009 5:16:27 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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Yep. Slow for me, too. All day today. It's annoying. My guess would be a subtle DOS bug from an 0bama disciple. We already know what 0 thinks of Rush. I think we need to make an example of whoever is responsible.
34 posted on 01/24/2009 5:16:45 PM PST by LiberConservative
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To: Tarpon; All
Definitely lots of latency with FR lately, I got some 404's the other day too.

Maybe this is a good sign, that people want to move onto more Conservative opinions, or maybe it's a DOS issue, maybe the Moderators could look at FR's dns records and look for requests to see if some scriptkiddy is pinging the FR servers.
35 posted on 01/24/2009 5:17:33 PM PST by bethybabes69
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To: silverleaf

Unbearably slow. I wonder if FR trying to save a buck or two or other issues beyond control.


36 posted on 01/24/2009 5:17:53 PM PST by Orange1998
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To: Swordmaker

Reloading this page averages about 18 seconds in Firefox on a broadband connection. I have seen none of the dreaded proxy errors after posting, but FR is certainly slower than usual.


37 posted on 01/24/2009 5:17:53 PM PST by TChad
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To: shield

Actually it looks about the same to dial up. Slow as normal.


38 posted on 01/24/2009 5:20:18 PM PST by Kadric
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To: Tainan

Lovely home page.


39 posted on 01/24/2009 5:21:28 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: Swordmaker

It’s not constant. Usually the page loads fine. But every so often it just stalls.


40 posted on 01/24/2009 5:22:26 PM PST by LuciaMia
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To: Swordmaker
Soooooooo slow...I have time to run to Bloomingdale’s between posts.
41 posted on 01/24/2009 5:24:52 PM PST by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: lilycicero; Girlene; nahanrac

This will affect me not at all.

It does give other people time to try and figure out “WTF did he just say?”

Bonus

Besides, if I started posting today what I was going to say tomorrow, Would ANYBODY know the difference, or better yet. EVEN CARE? LOL.


42 posted on 01/24/2009 5:26:33 PM PST by bigheadfred (Negromancer!!! Run for your lives!!!)
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To: Kadric

I would think dial up would time out before pulling up FR...but you are right here at FR you think you’re on dial up.


43 posted on 01/24/2009 5:28:24 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: TChad
Reloading this page averages about 18 seconds in Firefox on a broadband connection. I have seen none of the dreaded proxy errors after posting, but FR is certainly slower than usual.

I've noticed a few more than normal double posts as well. I think it's because people think they didn't click on the button and click again because it's so long between click and results....

44 posted on 01/24/2009 5:28:51 PM PST by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

Phew - I thought it was just me.

I had a birthday come and go just trying to post this.


45 posted on 01/24/2009 5:29:30 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Tainan

I have a MAC, I thought it was slow, as in Mexico things are slow..


46 posted on 01/24/2009 5:30:27 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: Swordmaker; All; Tainan
Get a Mac.....
I've GOT a Mac... ;^)>


I got two ATM, one (used efficiently for a MAC) as a doorstop, and a Maccie D's Big Mac, which is tasty, way tastier than a mac air! (only kidding Apple lovers).

Meanwhile, on both my bleeding edge NIX boxes at home, FR is way slow.

Moderator, check those DNS records ASAP.
47 posted on 01/24/2009 5:37:01 PM PST by bethybabes69
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To: JudyinCanada

Happy Birthday! (sorry if I’m late) :-)


48 posted on 01/24/2009 5:38:40 PM PST by bigheadfred (Negromancer!!! Run for your lives!!!)
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To: Swordmaker

On dial up here. No choice in the matter due location.

Waaaaaaaay slower than usual loading up the articles. Tears of frustration running down our cheeks (worse than normal with dial).

Don’t know what’s going on, but hope everything will get better soon.


49 posted on 01/24/2009 5:41:34 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, Call 'em what you will, they ALL have Fairies livin' in their Trees.)
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To: bigheadfred

Lol - you are forgiven. Just don’t forget again next year!


50 posted on 01/24/2009 5:45:19 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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