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Old 03-25-2020, 04:47 PM
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Are the problems solved?


Yesterday I spent a couple hours on the board and did not get one timeout, although it was slow responding a couple times. Today I didn't even experience that.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:55 PM
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I have no actual knowledge of the answer to your query, but I expect that if they were, there would have been some sort of announcement. I know I'd be shouting it from the rooftops.
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board glitch duplicate. amusing, considering the topic.

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True. The problem is not just that the delays and timeouts are very intermittent, but that the intermittency happens in a variety of cycles. Sometimes the system performs well for several days at a time, with only occasional delays. Sometimes it performs very poorly for several days at a time, and during those times, there tend to be short cycles of several minutes where it works well, then for several more minutes times out constantly. As Jenny said, if the system was a horse, we'd take it back behind the barn and shoot it. But we have no other horse ATM.

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board glitch duplicate. amusing, considering the topic.
Which pretty much answers the OP's question.
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:25 PM
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But we have no other horse ATM.
I wonder what a horse ATM would be like. Do you put in your PIN and get three mares and a pony?
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Old 03-25-2020, 05:29 PM
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A horse ATM would be one with a raspy cough. Sort of pre-virus symptoms.
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A horse ATM would be one with a raspy cough. Sort of pre-virus symptoms.
Neigh! A horse ATM would dispense oats.
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And you don't want to know what it dispenses if you get your PIN wrong.
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:45 PM
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And posts 6 through 9 are examples of why we keep coming here despite all the problems.
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That's a trifecta!
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:57 PM
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That's a trifecta!
It's actually four posts. Tri again.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:04 PM
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It's a superfecta?
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:27 PM
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It's actually four posts. Tri again.
Yeah, I can't count.
I just like that word.
Trifecta
Trifecta
Trifecta

Fun word.
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Then you'll just love words like "quadrifecta".
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Don't forget "exacta". And "quinella". "Quadrella". "Pari mutuel".
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Just an occasional brief glitch for me the last couple days.

(This post will automatically trigger a host of board problems. Sorry.)
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Well, today is the first time I've been able to get in the board at all in more than a week. So, "yay".
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Just had a long wait, but no 502/504. So yes, cautiously optimistic but things are still shaky.
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Don't forget "exacta". And "quinella". "Quadrella". "Pari mutuel".
"Cara Mia!"
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I just like that word.
Trifecta
Trifecta
Trifecta

Fun word.
It's a thread quartet, which is similar to a string quartet.
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And you don't want to know what it dispenses if you get your PIN wrong.
No, you pin the tail on the DONKEY.

Thatís for an Ass Teller Machine.
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The last few times I have been here its been fast and good... Im hopefull that the host finally fixed the problem for them (As its nice and fast as should be)


I like this site alot!!

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Things do seem different. I've just posted in IMHO and, for the first time in months, I got the old "wait 60 seconds" message, and then a few of the timeouts we've been experiencing in recent weeks. As I've said a couple of times in another thread, I just let the board do its thing, and the post finally got through without a duplicate.
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None of the bastardly issues for me in the last 24-36 hours. Yay!!
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It feels like almost a week since I've encountered significant problems. The rare, occasional 502/504 -- which never used to happen, of course -- but it's been much better for me in general. If it was a D-, for the past week it's been more like a B+. Perfectly tolerable in comparison to what it was.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:29 PM
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There is no doubt it has vastly improved this week.

This thread shows that at least the board members have not lost their sense of humor--even in these straitened times.
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We all must stick together right??

We do love this site and all..............
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Old 03-27-2020, 03:09 PM
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A minor glitch earlier this AM, then just a couple minutes ago a hoard of 50x errors, slow response, etc.
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Apparently laughter IS the best medicine.

We are still bumping along with our stinky old board.

I did ask for an update this week and was told this are "Progressing. Slowly." Which I figured, all things considered.

No ETA yet. But soon as I know something useful, you will too.

In the meantime ... let's keep on keeping on as best we can.

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Guys, please, you should fix it ASAP The issues have become tiresome and really annoying. I can also support you financially. I am no rich but I think a significant number of people, including me, can donate to keep Straightdope forum up and working.

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I finally had to break down and replace my iPad last week. I’d had it repaired several times over the years, mostly charge port issues. But it also had problems with color rendition and screen burn in and a bunch of other stuff.
I saw them on sale in Amazon last week. I hadn’t priced them in a while and the prices had gone way down in the last several years.

To my pleasant surprise, the SDMB works WAY better on my new device. I’ve gotten a few errors, but nothing like before, when it would stall on 9 out of 10 attempts. So (for what it’s worth) for me, it appears as if the issues were being exacerbated by my device.
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To my pleasant surprise, the SDMB works WAY better on my new device. Iíve gotten a few errors, but nothing like before, when it would stall on 9 out of 10 attempts. So (for what itís worth) for me, it appears as if the issues were being exacerbated by my device.
Enjoy your new iPad, but be aware that the system has been performing relatively well for approximately the past week, so that's probably what you're seeing. I think we've pretty much established that the problem is on the server side and due to very ancient software, as explained in the current sticky note, and that all client types experience the problem when it's occurring. I have a fast desktop computer and 300 Mbps internet connection and there have been many times when long delays and timeouts have made the system virtually unusable.
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Another in the "Well, of course it did." zone.

Everything was running smoothly this afternoon until I clicked on this thread. Big ... pause.

ETA: And than a timeout error when trying to post it. Meta.

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Guys, please, you should fix it ASAP The issues have become tiresome and really annoying. I can also support you financially. I am no rich but I think a significant number of people, including me, can donate to keep Straightdope forum up and working.
As I've said before (and am about to say again) "fixing it" is not an overnight thing.

As soon as I have something worthwhile to pass on to you and we can get on to The Next Big Thing, we will.

In the meantime, we're having to put up with a less than good situation and I apologize for that. At the present time, that's all I can do.

There may well come a time when your financial resources will be called upon. But that day is not yet here. More on that when we get there as well.

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Just please donít do what a certain other forum devoted to fact-finding and such did about a year ago (or was it two?) and announce, quite abruptly, "the forum will be closing very soon, subscribe to our mailing list for updates on what comes next" and then, without bothering to give a definite date for closure or even so much as a 24-hour heads up so people can at least agree on maybe an alternative forum in the meantime, proceed to shut down the forum.

Because you may find that, when you do finally move onto "what comes next," if that involves money (and maybe even if it doesnít) people will be less inclined to get on board.
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Speaking for myself, a one-time donation to get the move done and do the first year of support would be preferred than a yearly membership.

I'm sure others have different opinions, but if we get enough of the one-timers and the yearlys, hopefully we can get the financial part covered.
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Just please donít do what a certain other forum devoted to fact-finding and such did about a year ago (or was it two?) and announce, quite abruptly, "the forum will be closing very soon, subscribe to our mailing list for updates on what comes next" and then, without bothering to give a definite date for closure or even so much as a 24-hour heads up so people can at least agree on maybe an alternative forum in the meantime, proceed to shut down the forum.

Because you may find that, when you do finally move onto "what comes next," if that involves money (and maybe even if it doesnít) people will be less inclined to get on board.
We are still here, still in business.

I have not heard of any plans to close. I don't think it's going to come to that, though there might be a bit of downtime when we do switch over to the new system.

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Enjoy your new iPad, but be aware that the system has been performing relatively well for approximately the past week, so that's probably what you're seeing. I think we've pretty much established that the problem is on the server side and due to very ancient software, as explained in the current sticky note, and that all client types experience the problem when it's occurring. I have a fast desktop computer and 300 Mbps internet connection and there have been many times when long delays and timeouts have made the system virtually unusable.
Yes, the board seems to be working much better at present. And somebody else posted above that the behavior seems to by cyclic. So the idea that it is "server side and due to very ancient software" seems to be an even less likely to be a complete explanation. Because the idea that the board is getting less use due to COVID0-19 seem unlikely.

I understand the simple idea: "It is not at your end. There is nothing you can do to fix it. It is a server-side problem"

The nature of that server side problem could be:

A hosting problem with the virtual server.
A problem with the advertising provider.
A problem with web crawlers.

...as well as less likely options like
A denial of service attack.
Funding throttling by the funding organization.
Sexy-fingered configuration errors.

"Old Software" could play into any of these, particularly hosting problems, but it's not a complete explanation: it just doesn't match the observed behavior.
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Im sorry some are still having problems........ Its been good to excellent when I have visited the last week or so.. (I wonder if it could also be ISP related)

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I've only gotten two timeouts today, where before I was getting them constantly.
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I've only gotten two timeouts today, where before I was getting them constantly.
Grrrr...

Obviously this post jinxed me. Now I've gotten three timeouts in a row!
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I can't post now.
"Your submission could not be processed because the token has expired."

Somehow that posted. WTH?

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Grrrr...

Obviously this post jinxed me. Now I've gotten three timeouts in a row!
You seem to be obsessed with jinxes -- it's at least the second time you've mentioned it. But don't worry, I just unjinxed it. Read your post just fine, made some earlier posts just fine, and this one I'm sure will go through just fine.
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You seem to be obsessed with jinxes -- it's at least the second time you've mentioned it. But don't worry, I just unjinxed it. Read your post just fine, made some earlier posts just fine, and this one I'm sure will go through just fine.
Bully for you.

Mentioning something twice =/= obsession.
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Bully for you.

Mentioning something twice =/= obsession.
Hey, you're one of my favorite posters. I was enjoying -- and playing on -- the reference to "jinxes". There was just something funny about it in these difficult times where not very much is funny.
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Hey, you're one of my favorite posters. I was enjoying -- and playing on -- the reference to "jinxes". There was just something funny about it in these difficult times where not very much is funny.
OK. Forgiven. <blows air-kiss from 6+' away> I guess I'm a little more sensitive even than usual. Which is plenty in normal times.
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As I've said a couple of times in another thread, I just let the board do its thing, and the post finally got through without a duplicate.
Yeah, I've had to do a LOT of goin' with the flow these days. Just grateful things are working at all...

And I'm SO glad to have this board. Even running on impulse power, it's keeping me sane to have an outlet. And of course to read the adventures of people who are weirder than I'll ever be.

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