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 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

So we all know the forum is sluggish and has challenges from time to time, and we all know that it is what it is and it's a bummer. That said, anything we can all do as users to help reduce the traffic jams is helpful. With this in mind, I'm asking everybody who creates popular, lengthy threads that are updated daily to start creating new threads on those topics and cease posting to the old ones. One of the problems we're having is that when users continuously access very long threads loaded with posts, pics, links, etc., the whole site can slow down to a crawl.

There isn't a magic number of posts that causes the jams, so I would just ask you to exercise awareness. Threads that come to mind that could be created anew are the popular ones like Now Playing, The Football thread, the Baseball thread, the one about "read any good books lately?", "seen any movies lately?", etc. You can title them the same, just give 'em a number like "Now Playing Part 3" or "The Football Thread continued". Whatever works.

Thank you for your attention.

DSS

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 5:07 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

frown

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 5:27 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Eat it, Thor!
Haha!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....So we all know the forum is sluggish and has challenges from time to time, and we all know that it is what it is and it's a bummer. That said, anything we can all do as users to help reduce the traffic jams is helpful.....


Perhaps you could limit dan the man to starting only 25 new topic threads per day.....

smile smile smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 10:58 PM   
 By:   Nexus 6   (Member)

Eat it, Thor!
Haha!


I'm confused. Why is Thor upset? Is this his doing?

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 11:11 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

.....So we all know the forum is sluggish and has challenges from time to time, and we all know that it is what it is and it's a bummer. That said, anything we can all do as users to help reduce the traffic jams is helpful.....


Perhaps you could limit dan the man to starting only 25 new topic threads per day.....

smile smile smile


...and Chickenhearted, on the other side...

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Eat it, Thor!
Haha!


I'm confused. Why is Thor upset? Is this his doing?


Thor thinks there should only ever be one (interminable) thread on any one topic. He doesn't sleep well at night when anyone creates a new thread on a once-discussed topic, regardless of how long ago a previous thread on the subject may have started. He's quick to post a link to that ancient thread, even if the new poster was not yet born when the topic was last discussed.

Obviously this is not healthy for the board, but like the dedicated smoker (or drinker) who loves his vice, news of its ill effects does not go down easily.

(But we love him, warts and all...)

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   Nexus 6   (Member)

Eat it, Thor!
Haha!


I'm confused. Why is Thor upset? Is this his doing?


Thor thinks there should only ever be one (interminable) thread on any one topic. He doesn't sleep well at night when anyone creates a new thread on a once-discussed topic, regardless of how long ago a previous thread on the subject may have started. He's quick to post a link to that ancient thread, even if the new poster was not yet born when the topic was last discussed.

Obviously this is not healthy for the board, but like the dedicated smoker (or drinker) who loves his vice, news of its ill effects does not go down easily.

(But we love him, warts and all…)


Ha! You're right. He does always reference the previous threads. I think we should start a new thread on this topic already, just to annoy him!

Just messing with ya, Thorwink

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2014 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

The main point to remember is to start new threads for very popular topics with probably 20 or more pages of comments. We know that there are some here (I won't name any, dtm) who are forever starting new threads ten minutes after one has been initiated. I just don't think that members should feel that this gives them license to re-start ANY post.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 12:04 AM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

This thread is too long; someone should start a new one.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 12:18 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

To me this doesn't sound like a workable solution, more like a temporary fix? What would it take to get the board running smoothly again without such measures?

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 12:37 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

It's not the number of written responses in a thread that's to blame. It's the number and size of images. The way it is now, the forum section could be titled "General Discussion and Image/Video Depository".

I'd suggest restricting imagery in a thread to the initial posting of an announcement (like new releases) but with all subsequent responses and general threads limited to text and (when images are desired) simple links to offsite image and video resources.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

It's not the number of written responses in a thread that's to blame. It's the number and size of images. The way it is now, the forum section could be titled "General Discussion and Image/Video Depository".

I'd suggest restricting imagery in a thread to the initial posting of an announcement (like new releases) but with all subsequent responses and general threads limited to text and (when images are desired) simple links to offsite image and video resources.


I agree with that. It would certainly help if people didn't post images as a comment, instead of writing text. I always find those irritating in any case.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Eat it, Thor!
Haha!


I'm confused. Why is Thor upset? Is this his doing?


Thor thinks there should only ever be one (interminable) thread on any one topic. He doesn't sleep well at night when anyone creates a new thread on a once-discussed topic, regardless of how long ago a previous thread on the subject may have started. He's quick to post a link to that ancient thread, even if the new poster was not yet born when the topic was last discussed.

Obviously this is not healthy for the board, but like the dedicated smoker (or drinker) who loves his vice, news of its ill effects does not go down easily.

(But we love him, warts and all...)


Ha, ha...you summed it up well, Dana. Whenever a duplicate topic pops up, I stay up at night -- howling at the moon with fists raised high!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

It's not the number of written responses in a thread that's to blame. It's the number and size of images. The way it is now, the forum section could be titled "General Discussion and Image/Video Depository".

I'd suggest restricting imagery in a thread to the initial posting of an announcement (like new releases) but with all subsequent responses and general threads limited to text and (when images are desired) simple links to offsite image and video resources.


I agree with that. It would certainly help if people didn't post images as a comment, instead of writing text. I always find those irritating in any case.


It's not so much the initial images as when someone re-posts them all and just adds LOL! or Right on, Brother!. Think bandwidth, guys. If you want to express approval just put @Fred123: great pics, laughed my arse off! or whatever. Those hi-rez pics would choke a horse, and must be the reason my posts take five minutes to go through. I know nobody wants to read my posts, but I'd still like to see them appear.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 4:41 AM   
 By:   The Projectionist   (Member)

This thread is getting kinda long, maybe we should split it into a new one?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

You could always put a stop on all the long threads & start a new one, some other sites do that.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

Will this help limit sheetmusicman's threads? The site is moving faster already!

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 5:01 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Sorry if I'm a dunce, but aren't all embedded images and videos external to this site? Why do they affect this site's bandwidth situation? I can understand why they'd affect an individual user's loading times if that person has a slow connection, but not why it they affect fsm in any way.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2014 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Sounds like a good idea to me. I avoid most of those threads for this very reason, waiting for hundreds of pictures to load. The "listening to" type threads - they kill me, HUGE album art pictures gagging the thread, when all you need is to state the name of the album you're listening to big grin

And um... Neo... wink

 
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