Skip to comments.Vanity - FR is the only site on the web that is painfully slow to me
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?
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.
No, at that, FR seems to be consistently faster (probably because of their lean design). Facebook has been locking up Firefox a lot lately.
Same experience. I suspect it is a site specific problem.
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
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. :-)
I am running a linux operating system, though, which is immune to a lot of malware and virus infestations.
It is tedious. Anyone who enjoys the site needs to chip in any amount they afford, and deem appropriate, for a tune-up.
Traffic is up at FR.
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
> 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.
Don’t forget the “Homeland Security” keylogger software installed on individual users’ computers.
About a week?
It’s been dragging tail for years.
I still love the place.
Various causes I’d suspect but some upgrades are planned to maybe help the overall performance.
See the following:
‘’’’’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.’’’’’
Happens on the week ends and also every four years or so
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.
And here I thought being half-way around the world in Australia was causing it to load slow.
Slow for several days now. Sometimes I get a proxy error message.
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.
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.”
It is slow, especially when trying to post.
Oh, if nobody has pointed it out yet, this is a feature.
I’m about to go back to Opera.
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.
LOL! spoken like a true software weenie!
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.
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.
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.
Infrastructure here has not kept up. It is sad.
Also, the clock is off by more than 10 minutes again, which is just unacceptable.
> 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...
I only know enough to mock them!
I’m pretty sure traffic is way down since the Great Purges.
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.
forgot to add:
Average Load Time for Freerepublic.com
Slow (1.974 Seconds), 68% of sites are faster.
It’s cuz you voted for Santorum in that straw poll.
Comes up a LOT faster for us Gingrich and Perry supporters.
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...
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.
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!
FNC is awful!
What a great word.
Not to wish troubles on anyone else, but I’m glad to hear it’s not just me!
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!
Sometimes it is fast, sometimes it is slow, most of the time it is just alright with me.
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.
“from iPad and iMac”
There’s your problem.
Dell laptop w/IE - blazing fast for me.
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