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Sluggish web site

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    Frank Hileman

    Hello,

    The new web site feels sluggish. I think it is only perceptual. Previously I would wait, then the web page would refresh all at once. Now I have a faded page and animation while I wait ... it makes it feel slower, because I am losing information (previous page contents) and distracted (by animation) as I wait.

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    Frank

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    Human​Compiler

    Yes, it's only perceptual, but we understand what you mean.  That said, there shouldn't be any more page load animations (everything is loaded from the server as of yesterday's update).  Can you give me a specific example?

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    Frank Hileman

    HumanCompiler said:
    Yes, it's only perceptual, but we understand what you mean.  That said, there shouldn't be any more page load animations (everything is loaded from the server as of yesterday's update).  Can you give me a specific example?
    I was mistaken. The fade to white and icon over that, in the forum list, seemed like an animation. Perhaps the best solution is to provide visual feedback that new contents are loading, discreetly in a small area, and leave old links clickable while that happens.

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    Human​Compiler

    Frank Hileman said:
    HumanCompiler said:
    *snip*
    I was mistaken. The fade to white and icon over that, in the forum list, seemed like an animation. Perhaps the best solution is to provide visual feedback that new contents are loading, discreetly in a small area, and leave old links clickable while that happens.
    How long are pages taking to come up for you?  It shouldn't be more than 5 seconds (usually less) or so.

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    Frank Hileman

    HumanCompiler said:
    Frank Hileman said:
    *snip*
    How long are pages taking to come up for you?  It shouldn't be more than 5 seconds (usually less) or so.
    It takes about 1 second. When the user sees a large visible change on the screen, such as a white-out of the list of forum threads when changing the page number, the user expects a corresponding change in functionality for the better: more information and actions to be exposed. Problems with the current approach:

    1. When I click "next page," I get a big visual change, a white page, but no benefit.
    2. With one action, click next page, I expect 1 visual change, the next page appears. Instead I get two changes, a white page, then the next page. This is a distracting flashing effect if it happens quickly. If it happens slowly, it is confusing.
    3. With a simple, traditional html approach, I can click on existing links while waiting for the server to respond. I can't do this with the current implementation of the forum.
    Gmail does show a small "Loading..." indicator when retrieving data from the server. In addition, I believe all links on the screen are still active and can interrupt the loading process. This is ideal. And they use some kind of AJAX. So it is possible in theory.

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