Jun 1, 2011 at 7:37 pm #1274770
@chuckie_cheeseLocale: Arizona and British Columbia
BPL forums has never been a powerhouse of forum performance, but access to the forums has deteriorated alot. There are regular outages of performance, and often 1 min load times. This is happening 30%+ of the time. I can surf any other website, use skype, etc, it is clearly BPL.com.
This performance is terrible, espiecally when you are selling and buying things. There are alternatives and competitors to BPL, both in buying and selling and talking on the forums. How can this go on?Jun 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm #1743801
nanook ofthenorthBPL Member
I dont know about outages, but they really need to spend the money on new forum software.Jun 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm #1743810
Randy MartinBPL Member
Not sure it's just the Forum. Have had a number of times where the site performance in general is poor. Perhaps time to look at a better place to host your site. Who knows, you might even manage to get it hosted for cheaper.Jun 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm #1743824
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
While I would like it better, I have experienced nothing like what you are talking about. Not the one min load times, and definitely not the 30% issue.
I've had a few outages over the years, but nothing remotely approaching "regular".
???Jun 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm #1743831
Katharina LångstrumpBPL Member
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
A handful of times it seemed to take unusually long to load a page. Other than that, I have not had the problems you are talking about. I actually find the forum quite user friendly.Jun 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm #1743833
Ken T.BPL Member
No trouble here either.Jun 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm #1743834
Jennifer McFarlaneBPL Member
@jennymcfarlaneLocale: Southern California
As long as I use forum navigation instead of my browser's back tab everything works fineJun 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm #1743836
@rivrfoxLocale: Western Slope, Colorado
I find the pm system to be extremely lacking as you can't keep track of messages you have with people about trips, gear, beta, etc..
Ideally, I would not like to have my pms activated due to this but then I can't send a pm to someone.
Bit of a catch22.
Forums work good for me!
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One last thing: when doing a trip report or multiple photos it takes a long time to set this up than ideal. :/Jun 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm #1743841
Mike In SocalBPL Member
In general, I think the performance of the site is ok except when I load the gear swap forum. That tends to take a bit longer for me so when browsing gear swap I load that page into one browser tab and then use additional tabs to drill down to threads of interest.
As for PMs, I can't track a thread of messages. However, I don't think that BPL needs to change this.. I can PM someone with my email address and continue the conversation using my own email client.
Overall, I love the simplicity of the BPL site. I'd does lend itself to the overall ultralight theme, doesn't it?
MikeJun 1, 2011 at 11:20 pm #1743852
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Forum performance is very poor about five or ten times per week. The poor load times will persist, on and off, for a period of a few minutes, and then they become more average.
–B.G.–Jun 29, 2011 at 11:08 am #1754369
I was just about to post the same topic until I found that there was already a thread.
Forum loading time is bad over the entire forums, not just buy and sell.
I know I would be willing to pay $5 per month for good forum performance — how about any other takers?
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