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Can we fit a few more ads on the forum?

post #1 of 17
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Need more java script advertisements to slow down page loading.  Sell sell sell. Buy our way out of the recession, buy our way out of debt. 

I miss the good old days when skiing wasn't about money and you could chat with folks on a forum without a bunch of ads trying to sell you Bolle or Revo or ResortQuest vacation packages or some other crap.  Thanks EpicSki.
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post #3 of 17
I am on a satellite connection, slower than dsl, much faster than dialup. Epicski is taking longer and longer to load. Way too much info being loaded on each page...disappointed.
post #4 of 17
God I miss the old Epicski.  Simple, intuitive, great search function, and much easier on the eyes.  At least there are still some forums I go to that use vBulletin.
post #5 of 17
EpicSki expects to implement ad-free browsing very soon for supporters.  The page load times are unacceptable, and this has been brought to the attention of the Huddler development team.  A number of ad servers have been excluded.  This clearly still needs some work. 
post #6 of 17
Hey, that's good news Cirque!

So how long until it's here?
post #7 of 17
So Chaos, why do you use a "commerical" avatar image of some Hollywood shill if you're so "real." I miss the good old days when people just skied and didn't talk about it so much other than live and in-person. The ads are a small price to pay for a site as large as this. Perhaps you need or start your own site. There's a price for everything, even reading your drivel while I get to the stuff I'm interested in.


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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post

Need more java script advertisements to slow down page loading.  Sell sell sell. Buy our way out of the recession, buy our way out of debt. 

I miss the good old days when skiing wasn't about money and you could chat with folks on a forum without a bunch of ads trying to sell you Bolle or Revo or ResortQuest vacation packages or some other crap.  Thanks EpicSki.
post #8 of 17
Generally "page loads are slow because of ads" isn't going to help us in fixing the issue.

Not all ad campaigns are created equal.  For example the EMS campaign should be loading really quickly.  However Columbia might be one that is slowing us down.  PLEASE send specific feedback on which ad campaigns are causing you slower load times. I can then ban those specific ad campaigns that are causing the hang.

Secondly, I will continue working on the technical solution to make this better.  I do not have an ETA on this but I know that we will improve the situation within the month.  Page load times are a huge priority.
post #9 of 17
I noticed a significant improvement in page load  times earlier today, shortly after I posted above.   It seems the pages are responsive, even though certain ads have not yet loaded.  My status bar shows that pagead2.googlesyndication.com is "waiting" right  now, but I'm able to continue to post this reply anyway.   I'm pleased with the solutions being proposed to optimize the function of this site, and we are all continuing to monitor the problem,  identify sources of delay, and work to get it corrected. 
post #10 of 17
Would it be possible (or practical) to implement an automated test service on physically separate server or workstation?

Such a process might run as a background service that simply loads specific Epic pages (ones that utilize the most ads) and continuously tracks page-load and ad-load times.  By being on a separate server it might avoid artificial speed stats delivered by caching elsewhere in the system.  Any local caches on the remote server/service could be cleared before each test load.

If the automated page-loads show a particular ad (or set of ads) exceeds a preset threshold you could automatically eliminate that ad or limit/block its use when loaded with other bandwidth-consuming ads. 

.ma
post #11 of 17
I am finding the featured threads with go to page x drop down and forward next buttons holding up page loads.

A nice feature would be to be able to customize your home page and the bottom part of the page to show the parts that you want. Kind of like iGoogle and my.yahoo.com lets you pick and choose your elements.

Advertising could remain (although I use opendns.com to block advertising sites which makes many site, not just epicski, faster) and only the content that we want would remain.

For instance, I don't want to see review and wikis at the bottom of my page. I want to see the latest posts only. I'd like to see more of them, too. I'd also like to anti-subscribe to threads that keep showing up in my activity list (all threads) so that I can say 'not interested' and never see them again.

In the home page, I don't care to see featured wiki, the featured threads, and Reviews section either. If I want them I'll find them through the menu.

I'm not going to complain about paid ads, but let me configure my pages so that I see what I want. The things I mentioned above just waste bandwidth for me and if I can eliminate them, you'll have more bandwidth, more server capacity and everyone will have faster, more useful page loads.
post #12 of 17
 I also noticed that the website loads really slow on my ipod touch over wifi. The internet speed is fine because my laptop uses the same connection, but when it has to load certain ads it takes forever to load. 
post #13 of 17
Hopefully you have seen some improvement recently.  The site is not optimized for iPhone, but I believe that a CSS for compatibility is in the works somewhere.
post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

Hopefully you have seen some improvement recently.  The site is not optimized for iPhone, but I believe that a CSS for compatibility is in the works somewhere.

It actually shows up quite nice for reading on the iPhone/Ipod Touch. But the compatibility will be nice as some of the functions have issues (Like I noticed I tried to edit a post I had entered and the "Edit" button would look like it was clicked down but it wouldn't pull it up for me to edit it)
post #15 of 17
Any time line on this?

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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

EpicSki expects to implement ad-free browsing very soon for supporters.  The page load times are unacceptable, and this has been brought to the attention of the Huddler development team.  A number of ad servers have been excluded.  This clearly still needs some work. 
post #16 of 17
 End of February is very reasonable...
post #17 of 17
Its here:

We have a new feature! Supporters can go to their Profile page, select Edit Account Details, scroll to the bottom, and check a box if they want to turn off the ad displays.
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