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A couple of suggestions to possibly make your pages load faster [UPDATED]
Jim Robinson

Posted on 10/29/2012 11:49:58 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

Edited on 10/30/2012 2:16:38 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Very sorry about the problems with our servers causing FR to fail under heavy traffic loads. Praying that John finds a solution or workaround soon.

In the meantime, here are a couple suggestion you can use to possibly make your pages load faster:

  1. Configure your sidebars to display fewer items. I've temporarily disabled all sidebars but breaking news on mine.

    Select "Disabled" in the "Region" pulldown for each sidebar block you wish to temporarily disable then click "Modify":

    http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/manage-blocks

  2. Reduce the number of threads and replies downloaded on each click. Go to personal preferences and reduce the "Thread Pagination" to 20 messages per page and "Browsing" to 20 results per page.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/settings

  3. Update: And a suggestion (made by metmom) is to set your "Brevity" preference to "Headers." This will definitely make your index pages (latest posts, etc) load faster.

    And it’s simply a click to toggle "Brevity" from "Text" to "Headers" or back the other way when needed: http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/news-forum/index

  4. And for firefox users: KoRn has posted a useful tip to make firefox load pages faster: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1299854/posts

If enough of us did this we would reduce the amount of data downloaded on each click, reducing the load on the database and the server and possibly increasing overall systems performance.

To reset your preferences later, click on "Account" at the top of any of the main index pages and then "Manage Blocks" to configure your sidebars and "My Preferences" to set your number of threads and replies per thread preferences.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/my/

Thank you all very much and good luck.


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1 posted on 10/29/2012 11:49:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

I’ll give some of that a try.
Thanks for the suggestions!


2 posted on 10/29/2012 11:57:51 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Jim Robinson

Will do, sir.


3 posted on 10/29/2012 11:58:01 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Wilco.


4 posted on 10/29/2012 11:59:34 AM PDT by Never on my watch (I can see November from the Chick-Fil-A drive through lane.)
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To: Jim Robinson

DONE!

AND IT DID!...............


5 posted on 10/29/2012 12:02:30 PM PDT by Red Badger (Why yes, that was crude and uncalled for......That's why I said it..............)
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To: Jim Robinson

good idea.

Can you guys reset the default to do something like that?


6 posted on 10/29/2012 12:04:39 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Jim Robinson; All

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7 posted on 10/29/2012 12:04:45 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Jim Robinson

Funny, I clicked on this post, but my browser couldn’t load it.....I guess I will try these suggestions and see how it goes. Thanks for all you do.


8 posted on 10/29/2012 12:06:30 PM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Done and done!

Thank you for giving US a way to help the situation.


9 posted on 10/29/2012 12:12:01 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: Jim Robinson; All

And could someone please tell the ‘man in the middle’ to please speed up our connections to Free Republic too...


10 posted on 10/29/2012 12:13:47 PM PDT by Son House (The Economic Boom Heard Around The World => TEA Party 2012)
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To: Jim Robinson

I made the changes. Thanks Jim.


11 posted on 10/29/2012 12:14:21 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Jim Robinson

Are those settings the default settings now?

You could reset everyone and tell them to change it if they like.


12 posted on 10/29/2012 12:15:00 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Jim Robinson

Disabled the keywords on top and a couple blocks on the right.

Much cleaner and straight to the articles. Thanks.


13 posted on 10/29/2012 12:15:27 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Marie

I haven’t actively used some of these blocks in years. Thanks you suggestion.


14 posted on 10/29/2012 12:16:01 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: Jim Robinson

I did it.

You have to log off to reset the parameters.

That is a downside re trying to log back on.


15 posted on 10/29/2012 12:27:51 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I did it.

You have to log off to reset the parameters.

That is a downside re trying to log back on.


16 posted on 10/29/2012 12:29:00 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I did it.

You have to log off to reset the parameters.

That is a downside re trying to log back on.


17 posted on 10/29/2012 12:29:31 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Done..still having problems timing out, though


18 posted on 10/29/2012 12:32:32 PM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: Jim Robinson; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

19 posted on 10/29/2012 12:32:44 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Jim Robinson

Thanks!


20 posted on 10/29/2012 12:33:18 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Jim Robinson

thank you sir


21 posted on 10/29/2012 12:34:23 PM PDT by Principled (Is 340 EVs too much to ask for?)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ok, worth a try.


22 posted on 10/29/2012 12:36:28 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Freeped!


23 posted on 10/29/2012 12:39:29 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Jim Robinson; Abbeville Conservative; abigailsmybaby; afnamvet; alley cat; antceecee; ...
Done and thanks very much, dearest Jim!

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24 posted on 10/29/2012 12:40:37 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Jim Robinson

Done.


25 posted on 10/29/2012 12:44:16 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Jim Robinson; SLB

Thanks and done.


26 posted on 10/29/2012 12:47:50 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson ( "I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: Jim Robinson

JimRob how about you just change everyone’s settings yourself, right now, in the database

when things are like this you HAVE TO take dramatic action.

It hurts NO ONE, but FR being crashed would be a problem.

(it would kill me - I would be jonesing in an hour)

Do you need some help? I am a computer systems engineer- I can VOLUNTEER some time and maybe even get some new servers for you


27 posted on 10/29/2012 12:50:59 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The only thing the World would hate more than the USA in charge is the USA NOT in charge")
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To: Jim Robinson

Jim, thanks. These suggestions helped some with loading speed but the big bottleneck still seems to be in the posting code. FR suffers the most when a thread is busy enough that more than a few people want to post to the same thread at the same time. Then we get the 3 Stooges in a Doorway Effect and nothing moves.


28 posted on 10/29/2012 12:57:45 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: onyx; Jim Robinson

Works much faster for me. Thanks Jim!


29 posted on 10/29/2012 12:57:55 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=om93destr)
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To: Jim Robinson

Worked like a charm! Thanks!


30 posted on 10/29/2012 1:00:14 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Jim Robinson

A few suggestions for your consideration:

As it stands now, the only difference between a “live thread” and any other thread are the words in the title.

It might be useful to formally define the live thread as a unique thread type that would be specified at the time of the initial posting, or perhaps after the fact by a moderator.

Certain limitations would be imposed on anyone posting on that thread that would materially reduce the loading on the FR servers (and the poor little squirrels that run them).

The live thread specification would include the reduced posts-per-page setting you mentioned.

Another possible load-reducer might be to default the “I have already previewed...” selection to the checked state.

Since a lot of the activity on a live thread is just refreshing the page to see new posts, it might be helpful to block any user that posts or refreshes from another action for a short time, maybe 30 seconds or a minute, just to calm things down a bit. Maybe the block would best be just on a refresh request, and let the posters get priority. That might also cut down on duplicate posts.

Finally, a few years ago I saw a post by another FReeper, whose name I have long since forgotten, that was promoting some piece of software which overrode the FR pagination scheme and allowed a more visually appealing presentation of thread contents, with colors, indentations, linkages, and the like.

I tried it out, thought it was interesting, then deleted it.

I realized that to work, it required the entire thread to be downloaded. That wouldn’t be a problem on a short thread, but on a live thread that can easily run over 1000 posts, it would absolutely kill the server. I tried it on a long thread, and it took forever to fully load the thread.

I don’t know if anyone’s actually using this software, or if they are, if there’s any way to block it on a long thread.


31 posted on 10/29/2012 1:00:34 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (If Obama is an empty chair, then Biden is the whoopee cushion.)
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To: Jim Robinson; Marcella

Boss, I don’t think it’s FR:

C:\>tracert www.freerepublic.com

Tracing route to www.freerepublic.com [209.157.64.201]
over a maximum of 30 hops:
[Redacted first 8 hops to keep fumbly fingers from bothering me]

9 25 ms 22 ms 23 ms xe-0.equinix.asbnva01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net [206.223
.115.12]
10 22 ms 21 ms 21 ms ae-6.r21.asbnva02.us.bb.gin.ntt.net [129.250.3.1
13]
11 181 ms 179 ms 184 ms ae-4.r20.snjsca04.us.bb.gin.ntt.net [129.250.4.1
03]
12 198 ms 197 ms 204 ms ae-1.r07.snjsca04.us.bb.gin.ntt.net [129.250.5.5
3]
13 233 ms 233 ms 137 ms xe-0-2-0.r20.mlpsca01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net [129.250
.4.38]
14 92 ms 160 ms 96 ms xe-6-4.r03.mlpsca01.us.bb.gin.ntt.net [129.250.3
.7]
15 117 ms 96 ms 100 ms mg-2.a00.mlpsca01.us.da.verio.net [129.250.25.19
4]
16 98 ms 96 ms 93 ms mg-1.a01.mlpsca01.us.da.verio.net [129.250.24.19
5]
17 98 ms 100 ms 100 ms 128.242.105.82
18 93 ms 96 ms 94 ms 209.157.64.201

Trace complete.


Those backbone servers shouldn’t be showing those triple digit latency times.


32 posted on 10/29/2012 1:03:29 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Jim Robinson

I think this should be in breaking news, so everyone will see your suggestions for a speedier FR!


33 posted on 10/29/2012 1:04:03 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Are you sure there isn’t any sand and water getting the FR servers from the hurricane that could be cleaned out?
LOL!


34 posted on 10/29/2012 1:07:29 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Done.
Hope this helps!


35 posted on 10/29/2012 1:09:32 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: Darksheare; John Robinson

I ran / posted tracerts on two of the debate threads, verified with info posted by others, and the nodes at ntt.net (mainly) and verio.net (lesser extent) have consistently been a huge drag on transit times.


36 posted on 10/29/2012 1:12:52 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Grampa Dave

That’s odd. I was able to reset everything without logging out and from my old Android tablet. Hmmm...maybe I better double check when I can get to my main home machine.


37 posted on 10/29/2012 1:14:32 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: sneakers

You might want to ping the Q&R group when you get a chance, this seems to work!

I’d do the ping but I’m on my tablet...also cooking sgetti sauce and keeping an eye on the weather. My weather radio is going off non stop.


38 posted on 10/29/2012 1:20:49 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Jim Robinson

That worked well. I disabled several blocks as recommended in #1. I did not do anything as to #2.

Result...from a 10 second delay to a 4 second delay, which is probably the best that can occur on my broadband download.


39 posted on 10/29/2012 1:21:04 PM PDT by Seeking the truth
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To: All
. . not to mention the frequent time-outs on the Chicongo hubs


click

40 posted on 10/29/2012 1:21:53 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: prisoner6

I had to do reset the parameters twice.

I have Windows 7, and it can be tough on sites where I try to go back after leaving to check for email or calls. Often I have to relog/sign in. Free Republic is one of the worse in that reqard.


41 posted on 10/29/2012 1:23:18 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Done!

Thnx Jim!


42 posted on 10/29/2012 1:24:49 PM PDT by BullDog108 (FUBO)
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To: Jim Robinson

Self ping to read later. Thanks for the information.


43 posted on 10/29/2012 1:35:34 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: tomkat; John Robinson

I didn’t save the log, but there was one node earlier showing a latency of over four thousand.

Currently Ntt and Verio both show latency between 190 and 290.

There is something really screwy going on with the backbone.


44 posted on 10/29/2012 1:37:04 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare

Wow....good catch!


45 posted on 10/29/2012 1:37:44 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt the Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: Anima Mundi; ebiskit; TenthAmendmentChampion; Obadiah; Mind-numbed Robot; A.Hun; johnny7; ...

Informational pingout.


46 posted on 10/29/2012 1:39:26 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I did my part. I like it a whole lot better. Cleaner and less busy page. :)

Hope everyone does it.


47 posted on 10/29/2012 1:41:55 PM PDT by Melvalena
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To: Darksheare
My guess is a pipe issue, but it's just a mildly-informed guess.

FR used to be much quicker, as you well know, even in times of huge traffic.

Leads me to think something outside FR's internal architecture is causing most of the problems.

48 posted on 10/29/2012 1:43:47 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Jim Robinson
Had the sidebars off for some time now, and now set the 20 post limit.

Thanks Jim

Just worried John may get fed up, and one day we'll on click on FreeRepublic only to get that guy from Jurassic Park saying...

"ahh ahh ahh...you didn't say the magic word, ahh ahh ahh..."

49 posted on 10/29/2012 1:44:56 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: prisoner6; tomkat; MestaMachine

Tomkat, Mesta, myself, and a few others have been doing tracert and such to look at some things.
And what we’re seeing shows not FR having a high latency, but instead everything BUT Fr as having high latency.

Just saw gin.ntt.net having a latency of 500 to 600.


50 posted on 10/29/2012 1:51:18 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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