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Tomello Visello
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I can't point to any precise date but it seems to me that some significant site modification in the past couple months may have altered its performance.

I have a practice of looking at thread titles on the front page and clicking those of interest so that they open in new tabs in my browser. I set up several and then start reading.

Right now when I open as few as two or three of them the response already gets near to a halt. My computer may be plenty old enough (low memory) to be declared insufficient, but this was not the limit six months ago.

Originally I even considered whether or not I might have a subtle piece of malware or some other behind-the-scenes software change (but of course that leaves me open to comments that coming here so much is itself the sickness). So I'm wondering whether others have seen similar issues.

For amusement, I opened "windows task manager" (ctrl-alt-delete) and started watching the graph. The meter pegs and holds in a way I don't experience elsewhere.

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Same for me.
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I have performance issues when browsing BGG on my netbook.
 
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Definately slower than before. I also have problems with many of the Ajax links, which often seem to stall and require a 2nd press to succeed.
 
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I don't have particular complaints about speed when I have just a single window/tab open. It's when I get to multiple tabs that it really shows.

Here's an unscientific experiment I just tried. I had THREE tabs open and just let it sit there. With nothing else running (except the Windows Task Manager) CPU Usage hovered around 60% and higher and it was actively fluctuating.

I shut those down and went to another site that I thought might be a test of screen business, NASCAR.COM. Over there I opened SIX tabs with different news articles. At complete idle CPU usage dropped into single digits.

BGG ads ? other BGG features? animated avatars ?


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Same here. BoardGameGeek is very slow.

Humor me on this, Tom: Clear out your browser's history. This will give some people a BGG speed boost.
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Your multiple-tab method caught my eye because it is the same method I use, both for the front page articles and also my subscriptions.

However, I have not experienced any slow downs. I often have a LOT (30 or more) of tabs opening up at almost the same time and they seem to load at the same quick speed they did before.

I'm not disagreeing with you, just adding the important comparative point that I'm using the same method you are without the performance problems.

As an additional point, when at work and checking BGG, I often have a lot of other apps open in other windows as well (presumably taking up physical memory, swap-file memory, and processor loads) and I have not noticed any slow downs in BGG loading or performance.

BTW, I'm using Firefox 3.6.
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Liumas wrote:
Humor me on this, Tom: Clear out your browser's history.
I cannot report a change in performance yet, but that was indeed worth doing.

Deleting Temporary Files only I eliminated 3/4 of them. This puzzles me a bit since I thought I had done that just in January for the first time in a year or two, while I was freeing up disk space in general and preparing to Defrag.

 
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Yes, BGG is an amazing resource hog. Each BGG browser tab sucks about 25% of my CPU usage. (Or, to put it another way, each BGG tab sucks more CPU than the other 15 tabs I have open!)

Blocking yui.yahooapis.com brings CPU usage to a normal level. Unfortunately, this means that some of the navigation bar stops working!
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This cross reference might or might not be an explanation:

JeffyJeff wrote:
BGG pages now have some javascript on a timer going to some site performing a "heart beat" or something...

from

What's the crap with BGG pages now on a timer accessing chartbeat.com?

I have continued casual running of "Windows Task Manager" to watch usage levels on my machine. All I know is that opening up several tabs of BGG does seem to increase KB of mem usage more than multliple windows at other sites.

But more significantly it seems to put CPU usage near maximum percentage more so than other sites. It makes for very much reduced response to changing tabs. Almost feels like I'm back on dial-up, then.



 
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This stuff is killing me- my desktop gets glacial when BGG is running.

Where do I look, in Firefox, to block yui.yahooapis.com? I looked in the network preferences but didn't see an option to block particular sites.
 
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The firefox extension noscript is your friend.
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Jeff Chunko wrote:
The firefox extension noscript is your friend.

This made a big difference to my desktop performance running BGG- thanks, Jeff.

My computer doesn't seem to be wandering off anymore- spinning cycles on the internets, for no apparent reason. (It really slowed my system down when I had BGG windows open- now, things remain snappy.)
 
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