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Forum topic by jcwalleye posted 12-15-2014 04:35 AM 3022 views 0 times favorited 84 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-15-2014 04:35 AM

I hope you folks understand how poorly the site is running. It’s near impossible to post a project with pictures. Not a good start for VerticalScope. The quality of LJ has been deteriorating since Escalate Media took over.

It’s not the web content or content managers that are at issue, but seems the technology employed is inadequate. How about putting some resources into making the site run better.

The only value of LJ comes from member postings. Its getting increasingly more difficult to post.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 12-15-2014 04:42 AM

I mainly use my phone to access this site lately there have been very intrusive popups that make viewing forum topics very difficult. I am very disappointed, they pop up constantly and are difficult to close out. Hopefully they get this fixed or I might have to move on.

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#2 posted 12-15-2014 04:49 AM

I totally agree with JC. Posting with pics has been been painful for a while now… Is there something that can be done at the lJ side to fix?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 12-15-2014 06:53 AM

Joe, you are so right. Seriously, people, the social media world would be so much better if every site took a lesson from Facebook…it runs smoothly, interactions are easy, privacy is simple to maintain and I can access it as well from my phone as I can from a computer. This site should be all about sharing and virtual interaction; I agree that it gets a C- in that category.

LJ’s needs to step it up. Keep the ads to the right. Popups are a deal killer…I haven’t been on in a while because of the mobile pop ups (yuck!). But, I wanted to back Joe up on this one!

Smitty_Cabinetshop…your quote is AWESOME :) One of the best I have seen :)

-- - Montana sucks. Tell your friends.

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#4 posted 12-15-2014 07:56 AM


Are you logging in to LJ when you get the popups? I don’t use my phone to access the site but on my pc if I’m not logged in I get popups and also keywords for ads will show up in the text of the post or comment.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 12-15-2014 07:59 AM

I just posted this photo from my computer and it took less than 10 seconds from time I selected the photo til the photo was uploaded…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#6 posted 12-15-2014 08:09 AM

Using my phone I’ve waited for herbs picture to load for about 5 minutes and still nothing

Edit: once I posted this comment and the page refreshed the photo finally appeared

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 11:30 AM

This picture took less that 10 seconds to load.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 12-15-2014 11:50 AM

I’ve only had rare problems uploading pictures. Phone pictures are not always upright but camera pictures are, so I use the camera for LJ pics – easy fix. Also I’ve not had a problem with pop-ups since I have the PC set for rigid parameters on advertisements. I have, on occasion, experienced what is being discussed and that is an extremely long time to get something to upload. On those occasions, I have given up, backed out and made the entry later on with no problem. The time of day does not appear to influence the problem from my end as I’ve experienced an extended upload time at 4AM and at 6PM. Since I’m retired, time is not as tight for me, but the difficulty, when it happens, is still frustrating.

-- DonB

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 12:08 PM


-- Rich

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#10 posted 12-15-2014 01:14 PM

I have the same equipment now as when I posted the majority of 161 blog entries and thirteen projects that include hundreds of pictures. It could be that my local internet provider is having issues over the last several months, but at the same time the speeds are 2x better now from them with system upgrades completed last year.

Not sure why pictures sometimes disappear rather than post in LJs, but they do. Could be the issue is on my end, with phone and tablet and computer. Glad y’all can post pics in 10 seconds; sometimes I can, too. And that’s the problem with posts like the one Joe made: everyone has differing experiences, or use different products, or express alternate realities. Over time, though, I find it’s taking much, much longer to work pictures into posts lately. My .02.

Thanks, Jenine!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#11 posted 12-15-2014 01:47 PM

My problem is not posting pics, it is waiting for the ads to load on the top and sides of the pages. That has only started in the last few months.
I went to a slightly upgraded service about two months ago and also put a solid state hard drive in my computer, which sped up everything…except LJ.

I also have problems, not all the time, typing in. It seems to stutter. There is one other forum I belong to, a motorcycle forum, that suffers from this. It’s like you have to type a letter, wait for it to appear, and so on. Only two sites that do this to me. Everything else is lightning speed.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#12 posted 12-15-2014 02:03 PM

Use Google Chrome with the ad block plus extension and you won’t have any ads, Chrome also auto updates itself with the latest versions of Java and Flash embedded in those updates.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#13 posted 12-15-2014 06:43 PM

3 seconds for this picture to upload.

Most ISPs throttle upload speed fairly low. Next time picture uploading is slow, use one of the speed checking websites; you also might want to try a trace route (tracert).

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 12-15-2014 07:45 PM

Since the feedback is about posting projects with pictures, you’ll have to excuse me for taking Vertical Scope’s side here. I have never had problems with posting pictures and here are a few tips for success.

  1. How big is your image and have you considered downscaling – Most cameras (including phones) are defaulted to high pixels which equates to larger photo sizes. Either tweak your camera settings to a lower pixel setting or downscale your pictures. For reference, my camera takes 8 megapixel pictures usually results in files between 1.8MB or to 5MB files. After resizing my pictures down (I usually drop by 50/50%), the size drops to 0.3 – 0.5MB. that’s a 6-10x drop
  2. Have you considered your internet connection? – ISPs love to advertise download speed but not upload speed which is what matters for posting. My ISP promises a 15Mbps download and 5Mbps upload speed (1MB = 8Mb). So to put a scenario in perspective, for… – A 5MB image, with 15Mbps down and 5Mbps up, on average it will take 10 seconds to send the image to the server followed by 3.33 seconds to download the image and show that it uploaded successfully. Total time at the full size of 5MB is 13.33 seconds – For a 0.5MB image, that time drops to 1.333 seconds

Of course this is all theory, but in practice, I don’t have site performance problems.

PS: Use a pop-up block on your browser.

-- paxorion

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#15 posted 12-15-2014 08:43 PM

have you considered downscaling*
- paxorion

+1 I believe the forum downscales the pictures anyway which will take extra time as well.

Picasa is an excellent program for basic color, contrast, and cropping; unfortunately it doesn’t resize, I use Irfanview for that.

-- Rick M,

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