Issues with the functioning of the Forum are reported periodically, and usually the problems aren't universally experienced. We each seem to have our own problems or lack of problems depending on our computers and what we're doing to block things online.
I've been using Adblock Plus, a Firefox plugin for some time now, and it's helped me at the Forum. When things get wonky, I check off another "blockable item" to the list and things speed up a bit - that list can be long, So many things get loaded when we're on a Forum page.
--But - For over a week now I've again had that recurring problem of slow page loads, and it's getting worse. Often, the page is being displayed, so I can get on with reading or writing posts, but I can see from the tab in my browser that the page isn't really fully loaded, and at the bottom left is the omnipresent message "waiting for northern sounds."
What others have reported before is true for me - This is the Only place I frequent online that has these problems. I can go to my newspapers, Facebook, YouTube, new pages I look up, and they all load speedily. I just have to expect things to go much differently, as in SLOooooowly when I'm here.
PapaChalk has helped us out in the past with problems which are universally experienced, like when we all can see that certain words are suddenly being blocked, rendering a lot of posts indecipherable. That has to do with the Forum's spam-blocking software, and has been readjusted several times. But when it comes to the more general problem of slow downloads, it really is different on an individual basis, and it's up to each person to do what they can to filter ads and do whatever else they can to make the Forum load reasonably well.
So -two questions:
1) How is your relative page load speed these days?
2) MORE IMPORTANTLY - Are you having problems posting?
Consistently now for several days, after writing a post and clicking to get it up on the Forum, a white screen comes up with the following error message:
Couldn't resolve host 'api.bit.ly' on line 181 in /home/northern/public_html/forum/includes/bitly.php
#0 /home/northern/public_html/forum/includes/bitly.php(382): Bitly->doCall('shorten', Array)
#1 /home/northern/public_html/forum/newreply.php(936) : eval()'d code(26): Bitly->shorten('http://www.nort...')
#2 /home/northern/public_html/forum/newreply.php(936): eval()
It makes it look that your post is lost and you'll just have to start over. But that isn't the case. I go to a blank space on the screen, right click and choose Reload - After awhile (quite awhile) the page reloads and there's a new Northern Sounds-specific error message saying that my post is a duplicate of one already posted. After a second or two, the page refreshes, and you can see the post that looked temporarily lost.
SO - posts aren't disappearing, but it's a drag and a bother to go through what I've described every time I post.
Anyone else having that issue? If it's being experienced by all of us, then it's a Forum software problem that we'll need to report to PapaChalk.