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The Site => Announcements => Topic started by: Richard K Niner on January 21, 2008, 22:02:46 EST



Title: Software update
Post by: Richard K Niner on January 21, 2008, 22:02:46 EST
Apologies for the short notice, but we will be updating the forum software at 5 am UTC (midnight local time).  Downtime will last an hour or less.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Richard K Niner on February 01, 2008, 05:26:13 EST
Ack, sorry for the delay in getting back up (http://rkniner.furtopia.org/emoticons/annoyed.png)

At least it's working now. (http://rkniner.furtopia.org/emoticons/grin.png)


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 01, 2008, 13:44:48 EST
There's an issue with permissions that we're working to resolve, sorry for the inconvenience!


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: rogue-kun on February 01, 2008, 16:06:20 EST
Yah I can post now 8)


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 01, 2008, 17:04:21 EST
Indeed, the permissions bug has been fixed, but there's still a problem with uploadable avatars.  So, please don't upload any avatars until this is fixed.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Medivh on February 02, 2008, 00:43:58 EST
Woot. No rush, btw.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: FireyTiger on February 02, 2008, 12:27:20 EST
Not to add to your problems, but the "new" and "read" icons aren't showing up correctly. I can't tell the difference between a topic with new posts and those without, unless i read when the last post was made. <.<

Like Medivh said though, take your time. ^^


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Gizensha on February 02, 2008, 16:19:37 EST
Not to add to your problems, but the "new" and "read" icons aren't showing up correctly. I can't tell the difference between a topic with new posts and those without, unless i read when the last post was made. <.<

Like Medivh said though, take your time. ^^

Temporary work around - Unless it breaks on you, threads with new posts have a little 'go to new post' icon link after the thread title.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 02, 2008, 23:33:19 EST
The problem with uploading avatars has now been corrected.  You may now upload your avatars to the site :-)


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Bringerofpie on February 03, 2008, 10:52:11 EST
Since the update, this site has been going agonizingly slowly. Is this something to do with my connection? It doesn't happen with other sites.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 03, 2008, 15:35:20 EST
Since the update, this site has been going agonizingly slowly. Is this something to do with my connection? It doesn't happen with other sites.

Well, a couple days ago, I imposed a limit on the number of concurrent connections per IP address.  Some of you have adjusted Firefox for increased speed, and to do so, you dramatically increased the number of connections it makes at a time.  This is a bad thing, especially when a bunch of you are using the site all at once (the server sent me a critical alert because it thought it was being DOSed, there were so many people doing this at one point), so I reduced the number of concurrent connections per IP address to 5.

However, I just removed the administrative exemption for myself and my staff from this firewall setting, and I noticed a marked decrease in site performance (I'm using IE), so I adjusted the limit, and I will continue to do so to find the optimal configuration.  This is the sort of thing I honestly have little experience with, so please bear with me as I learn what the best settings should be.

Sorry about that :-\


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Bringerofpie on February 03, 2008, 16:39:15 EST
I didn't do that. I actually use safari.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 03, 2008, 16:46:41 EST
Well, the limit I initially had was too low, and appeared to be affecting everyone.  Does it seem faster now?


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Darkeforce on February 03, 2008, 18:54:21 EST
It seems fine to me. A lot easier to navigate, too. And the Quick-Reply is an absolute blessing. I've been loving it at other boards I frequent and I was glad to see it show up here.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Bringerofpie on February 03, 2008, 21:19:53 EST
Well, the limit I initially had was too low, and appeared to be affecting everyone.  Does it seem faster now?

Not really. It took about a minute and a half to load up this post reply page.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Gizensha on February 04, 2008, 02:45:23 EST
It seems fine to me. A lot easier to navigate, too. And the Quick-Reply is an absolute blessing. I've been loving it at other boards I frequent and I was glad to see it show up here.

...There's a quick reply here? (And as I may have said earlier, and if not I intended to, the only issue I'm having is 'white on silver is really bad for contrast' when it comes to the formatting buttons.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 04, 2008, 03:47:41 EST
It's off by default, go to your Look & Layout Preferences in your profile to toggle it.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Medivh on February 04, 2008, 04:55:06 EST
It seems fine to me. A lot easier to navigate, too. And the Quick-Reply is an absolute blessing. I've been loving it at other boards I frequent and I was glad to see it show up here.

Errrm... it was here. You just needed to twiddle options to get it to show. I've been using it for most of my time here.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Gizensha on February 04, 2008, 07:31:22 EST
Cheers for that :)


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Vicious Reasoning on February 04, 2008, 11:15:45 EST
Since the update, this site has been going agonizingly slowly. Is this something to do with my connection? It doesn't happen with other sites.

I'm experiencing the same thing as well. Post update, the site is loading very slowly in Safari.

Runs beautifully in Opera, though.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 04, 2008, 15:38:27 EST
Since the update, this site has been going agonizingly slowly. Is this something to do with my connection? It doesn't happen with other sites.

I'm experiencing the same thing as well. Post update, the site is loading very slowly in Safari.

Runs beautifully in Opera, though.

It's not very scientific, but how does the loading speed of this site compare to www.lupinia.net ?  Make a few test-clicks there, because I scripted that site myself (except the forum and gallery) and let me know.  It could be a Safari issue with the SMF software.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Bringerofpie on February 04, 2008, 16:09:15 EST
loads Lupinia fine


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 04, 2008, 18:03:30 EST
loads Lupinia fine

Alright, I'll check the support forums and such for SMF to see if there's a known issue or something.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Darkeforce on February 04, 2008, 19:04:07 EST
Loading speed is an average of about 5 seconds for me


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Bringerofpie on February 04, 2008, 19:18:10 EST
I just downloaded Opera and it works fine.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Vicious Reasoning on February 04, 2008, 22:42:38 EST
It's not very scientific, but how does the loading speed of this site compare to www.lupinia.net ?  Make a few test-clicks there, because I scripted that site myself (except the forum and gallery) and let me know.  It could be a Safari issue with the SMF software.

loads Lupinia fine

Yep, Lupinia loads smoothly in Safari.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on February 18, 2008, 14:39:19 EST
Has anyone tried uploading an avatar yet?  There may be an issue on another site on the server, and I'm wondering if it affects this site as well.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Gizensha on February 18, 2008, 14:42:28 EST
I've had to reupload my avatar since the server move, iirc, and it worked fine.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Vicious Reasoning on March 19, 2008, 18:53:57 EDT
Quick Note: ireadthis is now loads at normal speeds in Safari. Something was fixed, idk if it was on Apple's side, Simple Machine's side, or if Felix fixed it. Either way, no need to worry about that problem anymore.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on March 20, 2008, 03:05:57 EDT
I haven't touched any settings or anything in quite awhile, and there hasn't been an SMF update since this issue was reported.  Must've been an Apple thing; good to know though, thanks for the update.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Current on March 20, 2008, 05:57:55 EDT
Earlier someone said that using many concurrent connections with Firefox slows the site down.  Could someone tell me where the setting in Firefox to do this is, so I can turn it off?


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Richard K Niner on March 20, 2008, 18:24:01 EDT
I'm going to guess it's "network.http.max-connections-per-server", over in about:config (being a more advanced setting, I wouldn't expect it to appear in the GUI preferences dialog).


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Current on March 21, 2008, 05:00:20 EDT
I'm going to guess it's "network.http.max-connections-per-server", over in about:config (being a more advanced setting, I wouldn't expect it to appear in the GUI preferences dialog).
What is a good setting?  My machine was on the default which is 8.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Medivh on March 21, 2008, 09:26:24 EDT
Five at most, usually. It depends on the kinds of servers you visit, though. I think five was mentioned earlier here.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Current on March 21, 2008, 12:52:23 EDT
Five at most, usually. It depends on the kinds of servers you visit, though. I think five was mentioned earlier here.
Interesting, the folks who write Firefox aren't being too kind to people who own servers.


Title: Re: Software update
Post by: Natasha Lockhart on March 21, 2008, 17:46:16 EDT
I was unaware of what the default setting for Firefox is, I was going by the number used by IE (which is 5).  I've increased the concurrent connection limit from 5 to 10, to allow for some wiggle-room.

The reason I did this in the first place is because people set the limit in their browsers very high (like, 30) to increase performance, which puts load on the server in single, massive spike instead of spreading out like it's supposed to.  Those of you who have done this will probably notice the site starting to load in a short burst, then a delay when the firewall starts ignoring you, then continuing piece by piece.  Thus, this performance tweak is not recommended.