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Pages load very slowly on Ask Fedora

asked 2017-08-15 14:41:53 -0500

Aeyoun gravatar image

Can anything be done to improve the page load times on Ask Fedora?

I did some testing and found that the average page (with a primed local cache) takes 12 seconds to load. Replying to questions, commenting, or upvoting (“engaging”) takes roughly twice as much time.

Using various web performance tools, it looks like the majority of the time is spent waiting for “time to first byte”. Meaning the server is slow to fulfill requests and start transferring back data.

I’ve noticed that not many questions or answers are upvoted on the site. I’ve started to wonder whether that may be caused by people clicking to vote, and then don’t wait before closing the tab in their browsers. I know about the problem, and I still forget myself and close tabs before comments/answers/votes have been submitted. Reopening the page shows that my activity haven’t been recorded.

It could also just be that no one bothers to engage on the site.

I’m on a 150 Mbps connection, and located in Oslo, Norway. I visit other Fedora websites weekly, and Ask Fedora is the only one that is so slow that I felt like I should raise any sort of fuss about it.

Ping results follow:

--- ( ping statistics ---
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 111.798/115.077/122.833/2.934 ms

--- (2605:bc80:3010:600:dead:beef:cafe:fed9) ping statistics ---
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 165.584/169.079/175.228/3.005 ms
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Submitting the above text took 42 seconds from I clicked the submit button until the page turned blank and started loading the resulting page.

Aeyoun gravatar imageAeyoun ( 2017-08-15 14:42:36 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-08-15 16:06:31 -0500

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This was just resolved by nirik on ircs:// by vacuuming the relevant database tables.

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I'm not sure if it's time to vacuum again or if this is as fast as it gets, but maybe it's worth a try?

dreua gravatar imagedreua ( 2017-11-30 19:47:32 -0500 )edit

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