An observation: Opening any message thread is happening for me much more slowly on the new forum than on the old forum.
I’ve done the comparison now on iOS 7.1.1 and on Firefox 26; I haven’t done it yet on Chrome. I’ve gotten the same behavior consistently across a few days and (for iOS) a number of different wireless connections and cell connections. Clicking on a thread in the left-hand list instantly leads to an almost-blank screen with a rotating “thinking about it” icon, which persists for a while (a number of seconds) before I see any text. In contrast, getting back to the left-hand list happens almost instantly.
Are others seeing this behavior? If so, can the delay be reduced or eliminated? I find it’s cutting into my willingness to read more than a few threads at a time.
More info: I’ve just tested, and at least for me, the delay doesn’t seem to be connected to either the number of messages in the thread or whether I’ve previously viewed the thread. (Not 100% sure about that last one, though.)
Mike: until today, loading and posting was probably more or less the same speed. However, simply opening a thread will be must faster as of this evening, because that’s a shortcut that I just put in place to make things faster… Opening threads no longer forces an immediate update of the list on the left, which is where most of the speed was going, and since opening threads is the most common activity, I figured it’d be an acceptable trade-off. However, posting really does require the left hand side to be updated, I’d say, so we can’t use the same shortcut there.
On the other hand, everything - including posting - should be somewhat faster than it was yesterday, thanks to Kev’s performance fixes.