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Title: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: kitz on August 20, 2020, 02:27:44 AM
I've applied some updates to the forum, one of which for security and GDPR reasons may automatically log out users.   
If you have had to re-login today then this will be why.   Thanks for your co-operation :)
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on August 27, 2020, 07:51:57 PM
Anyone else having issues with the forum lagging more since the update?

It still lagged before, but it seems more frequent now.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: g3uiss on August 27, 2020, 08:08:00 PM
Thought it was me.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: burakkucat on August 27, 2020, 08:54:49 PM
I have not noticed anything untoward.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on August 27, 2020, 08:57:58 PM
Basically very often when I click a link or make a post, it sits there for several seconds twiddling its thumbs.

Preliminary checks seems to be it may be when the connection goes over Zen, I've limited the forum traffic to only go over Plusnet and not seen it happen since.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: g3uiss on August 27, 2020, 10:32:08 PM
I also have Zen and PN, I will see if PN better, I normally use my Zen service
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on August 29, 2020, 02:47:07 AM
I load-balance/round-robin (as this is also my gaming PC so Steam downloads can saturate both connections), thus why it sometimes was fine and other times would hang.  Its just odd how it mostly is fine, I wonder where along the Zen route its getting stuck?
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: kitz on August 29, 2020, 07:36:47 AM
afaik nothing in the update should affect performance.
 
Previously I had an add-on modification which dealt with GDPR and registration but now its all integrated within the SMF core. 
So it was a case of uninstalling the mod before updating SMF to the latest version.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Chrysalis on August 29, 2020, 11:13:25 PM
latency is still normal for me on the forum, thank you for your work in maintaining the site kitz.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on September 01, 2020, 12:01:15 PM
Checking the page loading in debugging I notice Google ads are loading with the forum and that wastes a second of load time.  I've never seen a single advert on the forum though.  Loading doubleclick.net and googlesyndication.com is taking up 99% of the page load time, when the page DOESN'T stall. (though I am aware Googles services are asychronous so do not slow the page down much if not displaying anything)

I also see a 500 internal server error from https://kitz.co.uk/files/jump2/bnrscript.js
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on September 01, 2020, 12:28:08 PM
Just caught it in action.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: skyeci on September 01, 2020, 01:18:12 PM
I have seen a lag on both my 4g ee connection and at home on my zen connection. Never noticed it till recently. Can take a number of seconds to load a page
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: kitz on September 01, 2020, 01:38:31 PM
I am aware that the jumpto in the banner script needs re-writing which was discussed in another thread.  This is different to the tapatalk issue.   As mentioned in the other thread about the banner script several weeks ago, I really am not in a position right now to be able to do any coding.

What I haven't publicly mentioned is that a bad fall resulted in several broken bones and I've recently learnt the hard way that a badly broken humerus is not quite the same as a broken arm and takes many months to mend.  As I've been in a brace and my right arm strapped to my chest for the past few months I'm not even able to wash/dress/brush hair myself and still need daily help to do those 'simple' tasks,  so any coding will have to wait I'm afraid.    I'm waiting to see the nuero consultant at another hospital..  and am also on an 'urgent' list for surgery that I'm expecting any day now. 

I've tried to keep up with the really important stuff and security updates but I'm afraid anything cosmetic and mail is miles behind.  The more observant will notice I've only just started to be able to use capitals this past week and have months of physio ahead.   That said I don't the banner script is related to this as its been out of action for a few months.   Please bear with me when it comes to the banner script which needs a total re-write.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: burakkucat on September 01, 2020, 05:57:01 PM
I am now regularly experiencing a degree of lag -- but only when posting to a forum thread. All other actions appear to be normal.

 :flower:  A big virtual bunch, from all the forum regulars.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: jelv on September 01, 2020, 09:16:05 PM
I've just seen a big delay when making a post.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on September 01, 2020, 09:44:26 PM
I've tried to keep up with the really important stuff and security updates but I'm afraid anything cosmetic and mail is miles behind.  The more observant will notice I've only just started to be able to use capitals this past week and have months of physio ahead.   That said I don't the banner script is related to this as its been out of action for a few months.   Please bear with me when it comes to the banner script which needs a total re-write.

Don't fret it then, we can live with the odd 10 second delay, just thought it important to note in case its a sign of something failing at the host.

What exactly is the banner script supposed to do, is that to activate the ads?  Could possibly take a stab at it.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: kitz on September 02, 2020, 12:27:54 AM
The banner ad is just a rotating script.   

Re the slowness,  I don't think its anything to do script-wise as aside from the update the last week there's been nothing new.   If it was the update then I'm sure there would be complaints on the SMF forum.   The only thing I did see on SMF forum is that it recommended splitting off large threads which I did the other night in the games section

I havent seen anything here..  aside from when making one post there was a slight delay of no more than 2 secs.  Next few posts were fine again.
Server load is good.     However I am aware that Vidahost is no more and been taken over by GoDaddy.   When I was with Vidahost they put in direct peering (as a favour) for me with most of the UK ISPs - but that has now gone.  My hosting annual fees are this next month, but I am in no position to even start thinking swapping hosts right now.   Even if I did, I doubt that I would be able to afford similar and I'd take a step downwards.    I had an excellent relationship with Vidahost - they were great - but that era has passed.   With GoDaddy I'm just a little fish in a very large pond and if they ever do open the box they will realise the specs aren't quite what's on the tin...  or maybe they have done?  I'm certainly not about to ask.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: g3uiss on September 02, 2020, 09:13:05 AM
@kitz Sorry to learn of your misfortune. You know Iím near if assistance needed happy to help in any way.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Alex Atkin UK on September 04, 2020, 01:10:34 PM
The banner ad is just a rotating script.   

Re the slowness,  I don't think its anything to do script-wise as aside from the update the last week there's been nothing new.   If it was the update then I'm sure there would be complaints on the SMF forum.   The only thing I did see on SMF forum is that it recommended splitting off large threads which I did the other night in the games section

I havent seen anything here..  aside from when making one post there was a slight delay of no more than 2 secs.  Next few posts were fine again.
Server load is good.     However I am aware that Vidahost is no more and been taken over by GoDaddy.   When I was with Vidahost they put in direct peering (as a favour) for me with most of the UK ISPs - but that has now gone.  My hosting annual fees are this next month, but I am in no position to even start thinking swapping hosts right now.   Even if I did, I doubt that I would be able to afford similar and I'd take a step downwards.    I had an excellent relationship with Vidahost - they were great - but that era has passed.   With GoDaddy I'm just a little fish in a very large pond and if they ever do open the box they will realise the specs aren't quite what's on the tin...  or maybe they have done?  I'm certainly not about to ask.

I know what you mean, I'm with BHost and they were taken over by someone else.  I'm locked into BHost pricing, a comparable VPS with the new owner would cost conserably more, so I totally appreciate the cost alone, never mind the hassle of moving the content.

Quite frankly for the minor annoyance of the odd lag, I think we can live with it.
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: tiffy on September 08, 2020, 06:58:50 PM
Have noticed a general slow down on the forum, in particular, delay in site comming up to sign in page from desktop URL (Win 10) and delay in producing a post preview, not always delayed but happens most times, certainly appears slower that it used to be.

Please note, this is not a criticism in any way, purely constructive observations, the site is still without doubt the best of it's kind and my thanks very much goes to kitz and the moderators for their dedicated service.

Also, very best wishes to kitz for a swift and full recovery from her current issues. 
Title: Re: Forum Update - 20/08/2020
Post by: Chrysalis on September 12, 2020, 02:00:54 PM
The only issue I have found is now tapatalk is telling me I am not logged in O_o.

But then I tried to post and it worked, and I still have functional check for new posts etc.

Bear in mind tho I am on an ancient version of the tapatalk app as the latest versions have been morphed into something intolerable so it might just be a bug because of that.

I have the same issue on another forum as well, so I think its down to me using the ancient build of the app. :)