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Vanity - FR is the only site on the web that is painfully slow to me
Frustration ^ | 1/14/12 | Self

Posted on 01/14/2012 10:33:31 AM PST by Yaelle

For about a week now, in multiple browsers and from iPad and iMac, Free Republic has been deadly slow. Frequently it times out waiting to load. This is on FIOS at top speed, both wireless and wired. No other site is even slightly slow for me.

I don't see any other threads mentioning this, and I've posted to the yahoo group with no responses, so I am assuming it's me. What could I be doing wrong?

Or has this been your experience too?

What's up?


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And, yes, I am logged in. :)
1 posted on 01/14/2012 10:33:40 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

It is the slowest loading sight I go to but since I cannot afford to donate, I don’t b**ch too much about it.

:)


2 posted on 01/14/2012 10:35:34 AM PST by Grunthor (I am a conservative, neither half of the one party represents my views.)
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To: Yaelle

No, at that, FR seems to be consistently faster (probably because of their lean design). Facebook has been locking up Firefox a lot lately.


3 posted on 01/14/2012 10:36:37 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Yaelle

Same experience. I suspect it is a site specific problem.


4 posted on 01/14/2012 10:37:03 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Yaelle

Well as of late it all has to go though the basement at Homeland Security before and after it getting toJim robs house it is all looked at and catalogued for later use


5 posted on 01/14/2012 10:37:48 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Yaelle

Yaelle, that has always been my experience, as well with FR, and I’m also on a mac. It is also the only site where I experience a slowdown, and yes, I am logged in, too. :-)


6 posted on 01/14/2012 10:40:21 AM PST by floralamiss
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To: Yaelle
Without benchmarks, it is hard to tell, but my subjective evaluation is that it is about the same as several other sites I go to.

I am running a linux operating system, though, which is immune to a lot of malware and virus infestations.

7 posted on 01/14/2012 10:40:21 AM PST by marktwain
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To: Yaelle

It is tedious. Anyone who enjoys the site needs to chip in any amount they afford, and deem appropriate, for a tune-up.


8 posted on 01/14/2012 10:40:21 AM PST by Dysart (#Changeitback)
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To: Yaelle

Traffic is up at FR.


9 posted on 01/14/2012 10:41:23 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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This is a very slow loading site for me as well. Especially for posting.

I often go out and about reading other sites while waiting. So certainly not a waste of time. ;-D


10 posted on 01/14/2012 10:42:03 AM PST by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: al baby; Yaelle

> Well as of late it all has to go though the basement at Homeland Security before and after it getting toJim robs house it is all looked at and catalogued for later use

Maybe not exactly that, but I would suggest looking for routing problems or filtering problems at your ISP.


11 posted on 01/14/2012 10:42:03 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: al baby

Don’t forget the “Homeland Security” keylogger software installed on individual users’ computers.


12 posted on 01/14/2012 10:42:12 AM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Yaelle

About a week?

It’s been dragging tail for years.

I still love the place.


13 posted on 01/14/2012 10:42:12 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Yaelle

Various causes I’d suspect but some upgrades are planned to maybe help the overall performance.

See the following:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2827460/posts

‘’’’’P.S. We’re also going to try to replace some of our older servers and failing equipment this year so we’re going to add a little extra to our FReepathon goals. John is estimating ten to fifteen thousand to do this and I’d like to get it all in place and working before the election cycle is fully heated up, so we’ll try to bring in a little more now if we can and the rest next quarter.’’’’’


14 posted on 01/14/2012 10:42:42 AM PST by deport
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To: Navy Patriot

Happens on the week ends and also every four years or so


15 posted on 01/14/2012 10:42:54 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Yaelle

See if you can compare it on the same wired connection to browsers running in Windows and Linux (on other computers if necessary). I’ve seen occasional spastic screen draws on Windows/Firefox.


16 posted on 01/14/2012 10:43:16 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Yaelle

And here I thought being half-way around the world in Australia was causing it to load slow.


17 posted on 01/14/2012 10:45:20 AM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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To: Yaelle

Slow for several days now. Sometimes I get a proxy error message.


18 posted on 01/14/2012 10:46:14 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Yaelle
Look here

And here

19 posted on 01/14/2012 10:46:14 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: mnehring

I’ve encountered myriad instances of Firefox locking up only here, particularly when using the reply boxes. I’m convinced it’s an addon that is not kosher with the latest update, though strictly speaking all installed claim compatibility. I’m using Opera for now.


20 posted on 01/14/2012 10:47:03 AM PST by Dysart (#Changeitback)
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To: dayglored

Might it also be Apple-specific browsing optimizations that turn into pessimizations when faced with the melange that is FR code. I do not have Apple hardware, but wonder if there is a way, under some Advanced option or tab, to enable or disable “optimizations.”


21 posted on 01/14/2012 10:47:07 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Yaelle

It is slow, especially when trying to post.


22 posted on 01/14/2012 10:47:26 AM PST by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Yaelle

Oh, if nobody has pointed it out yet, this is a feature.


23 posted on 01/14/2012 10:48:16 AM PST by Dysart (#Changeitback)
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To: Dysart

I’m about to go back to Opera.


24 posted on 01/14/2012 10:49:18 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Yaelle

Since I am a kindly soul who desires to help, may I suggest you register with Goodreads, the reading site.

Once you have two slow sites you will be balanced.


25 posted on 01/14/2012 10:49:59 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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PLEASE DONATE


26 posted on 01/14/2012 10:50:59 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit)
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To: Dysart

LOL! spoken like a true software weenie!


27 posted on 01/14/2012 10:52:41 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Yaelle
I'm logged on, it's slow, yes I donate and I'm still missing the “how many times viewed” feature.:)
28 posted on 01/14/2012 10:54:50 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Yaelle

For what it’s worth, I use a Mac and iPad also (iPad at this moment). I am in upstate NY in a rural area with Frontier DSL. Free republic.com responds just fine, consistently. Except when it’s really down because the FR servers themselves are sick.


29 posted on 01/14/2012 10:54:50 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Yaelle
It is painfully slow for me as well, but I deal with it.

For some reason I can no longer Copy and Paste into the Reply box. Can't figure that one out, just started a few days ago.

30 posted on 01/14/2012 10:55:49 AM PST by annieokie
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To: Yaelle
Fast. Cheap. Well done.

Pick two.


31 posted on 01/14/2012 10:56:39 AM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: ladyvet
I'm still missing the “how many times viewed” feature.

Weird thing about that , is I was going back in some archive posts about the life and times, of FReeper Tongue Tied, and I found that the old posts still have "how many times viewed" but the new post don't.

32 posted on 01/14/2012 11:01:17 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Yaelle

Infrastructure here has not kept up. It is sad.

Also, the clock is off by more than 10 minutes again, which is just unacceptable.


33 posted on 01/14/2012 11:02:02 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: HiTech RedNeck; Yaelle

> Might it also be Apple-specific browsing optimizations that turn into pessimizations when faced with the melange that is FR code. I do not have Apple hardware, but wonder if there is a way, under some Advanced option or tab, to enable or disable “optimizations.”

I get essentially identical results with FF on Mac, Safari on Mac, FF on Windows, Safari on iPad. FF on Linux and IE8 on Windows are slightly slower but not awful.

Is the ISP serving Yaelle a bunch of Democrats? I’m not entirely joking...


34 posted on 01/14/2012 11:04:08 AM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Navy Patriot
Oh? http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/freerepublic.com


35 posted on 01/14/2012 11:04:52 AM PST by bigbob
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To: mylife

I only know enough to mock them!


36 posted on 01/14/2012 11:06:27 AM PST by Dysart (#Changeitback)
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To: Navy Patriot

I’m pretty sure traffic is way down since the Great Purges.


37 posted on 01/14/2012 11:06:27 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Yaelle

I’m using Opera and a PC. FR is slow for me when something’s broken and it’s slow for everyone, but not otherwise. The consistently slowest-loading site for me is Fox News.


38 posted on 01/14/2012 11:06:51 AM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: bigbob

forgot to add:

Average Load Time for Freerepublic.com

Slow (1.974 Seconds), 68% of sites are faster.


39 posted on 01/14/2012 11:09:46 AM PST by bigbob
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To: Yaelle

It’s cuz you voted for Santorum in that straw poll.

Comes up a LOT faster for us Gingrich and Perry supporters.

(j/k)


40 posted on 01/14/2012 11:11:11 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Yaelle

It’s the Mac interface.

After my 18 month “old” Sony, All-in-One, mother-board fried, I moved to the iMac.

My interface access tie to FR increased about 5 fold....SLOWER...


41 posted on 01/14/2012 11:11:36 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: Dysart

LOL!

I dont know squat about software myself.

I do know that programs constructed in LabView take about 2.5 times as long to execute as the same program written in Unix.

Labview is easier to write, heck, even I can do it.

Boy it’s always something or the other.


42 posted on 01/14/2012 11:12:42 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Yaelle

I thought it was because I am using a Dell inspiron Duos? I feel like I am on a win 98 when I google something!


43 posted on 01/14/2012 11:13:33 AM PST by Leep
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To: Magic Fingers

FNC is awful!


44 posted on 01/14/2012 11:14:38 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
pessimizations

What a great word.

45 posted on 01/14/2012 11:15:01 AM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: mylife

Not to wish troubles on anyone else, but I’m glad to hear it’s not just me!


46 posted on 01/14/2012 11:37:56 AM PST by Magic Fingers
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FINALLY I could log on to post! So it’s not only me. That’s good.

It can’t be because I don’t donate. I should get a faster speed... :)

But it COULD be, as one of you suggested, that my straw poll vote for Santorum is putting me into Server Speed Squad B.

Anyway, I deeply hope that we can find a way to make it FUNCTIONAL for us all to enjoy every day. If I donated double, would it even go towards that? I am not asking for greased lightning here. I can’t get on most times these days at ALL. It times out. Sometimes I get teased by it loading for the headlines and I can’t click on any article. I just want my FR!


47 posted on 01/14/2012 11:39:01 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Sometimes it is fast, sometimes it is slow, most of the time it is just alright with me.


48 posted on 01/14/2012 11:39:27 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Yaelle

Take advantage of it. Use the time waiting to time exercises instead of counting repetitions — I do simple exercises and don’t have to struggle to remember how to count above twenty anymore.


49 posted on 01/14/2012 11:39:27 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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“from iPad and iMac”

There’s your problem.

Dell laptop w/IE - blazing fast for me.


50 posted on 01/14/2012 11:40:31 AM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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