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FUBAR again

alanbarnes Oct 5, 2009 11:10 AM

Of course there are the numerous error messages and failures to load.

And there's a twist on the old latency problem - the computer ate my edits. I edited a post to add a little substance, saved it, and saw the new text on the screen. But when I came back later, the edits were gone and the post had reverted to the original.

Finally, something completely new and different - every thread opens fully expanded. No more compression of previously-viewed posts. Now **that's** a real incentive to participate in one of those monster threads that's been going on for a few months.

Please, please, please fix the site.

  1. Midlife Oct 12, 2009 02:32 PM

    Slow and non-responsive for a while today.

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    1. re: Midlife
      HillJ Oct 12, 2009 02:35 PM

      My experience too. CHOW unresponsive much of today.

      1. re: Midlife
        Scargod Oct 12, 2009 02:44 PM

        Constantly losing its way....... You would think it had suffered a lot of concussions.

      2. thew Oct 8, 2009 08:20 PM


        after several repetitions of a FUBAR situation, isn't it by definition a SNAFU instead?

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        1. re: thew
          Scargod Oct 9, 2009 03:32 AM

          That AND a blivet.

        2. Midlife Oct 8, 2009 04:22 PM

          My experience has definitely improved as of this afternoon.

          1. jfood Oct 8, 2009 04:36 AM

            Now let's add that even MORE ANNOYING meesage of the site is trying to run a script...

            Shut the GD scripts off and let the posters do what the site is designed for, posting.

            1. jfood Oct 8, 2009 04:08 AM

              The error messages still continue this morning

              1. Engineering Oct 6, 2009 12:48 PM

                Sorry about the issues - we've been trying to fix some capacity problems that have been causing site slowness and downtime. Part of the fix was adding additional caching to the topics pages and that was causing some user-interface problems as you noticed. We've reverted the topics pages caching and so things should be back to normal now. Please let us know if you're still seeing any of these issues. Again - sorry for the frustrating problems...

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                1. re: Engineering
                  LindaWhit Oct 6, 2009 12:57 PM

                  Thanks, CH Engineering!

                  And can I just say I *love* your avatar. That's how I will now picture Engineering taking care of technical issues on CH. ;-P

                  1. re: Engineering
                    jfood Oct 6, 2009 12:57 PM

                    jfood would have replied sooner but it took 15 seconds to load this page and another 10 to open the reply window. And when youhit the back button you can go and get a cup of coffee. Painfully slow peeps.

                    1. re: Engineering
                      Scargod Oct 7, 2009 04:16 AM

                      Just now I clicked to open the post that a new post was referring to. It was directly above it. Rather than moving slightly the page flies straight to the top. This is so annoying, especially on long threads.
                      I believe this is an old problem, yet sometimes a thread responds nicely, as it should. Why the inconsistencies?

                    2. jfood Oct 6, 2009 11:07 AM

                      Jfood just opened three threads. You cannot make this up:

                      Thread 1 - All the posts opened
                      Thread 2 - The post i had not read opened, the ones already read did not (correct)
                      Thread 3 - The threads I have read in the last 2 days were all open plus theone new once and those older than 2 days remained closed

                      Very very very frustrating

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                      1. re: jfood
                        Melanie Wong Oct 6, 2009 11:12 AM

                        Could you please provide the urls for the threads? That will help the chow team track down the problem.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong
                          hannaone Oct 6, 2009 11:38 AM

                          In this thread I have read every post, yet when I come back into it these last two posts (Jfood/Melanie) remain open while all the others are collapsed (all should be open with no new posts).

                          1. re: hannaone
                            Melanie Wong Oct 6, 2009 11:47 AM

                            Yes, I'm seeing the same thing on this thread, even when I navigate away and refresh the url for this thread.

                            1. re: Melanie Wong
                              BobB Oct 6, 2009 11:58 AM

                              Weirder and weirder - when I opened this post I also saw these last two open (plus one higher up). The time stamps were also off by three hours, as had happened to me yesterday. I hit Refresh and the time stamps corrected themselves, and the last FOUR posts opened up as well as two higher up, while the rest stayed closed.

                              I haven't see anything on this or other error reporting threads from the techs to the effect that they're aware of the mess and working on it - has anyone?

                              1. re: BobB
                                hannaone Oct 6, 2009 12:10 PM

                                Jaquilynne at least is aware of it.


                              2. re: Melanie Wong
                                LindaWhit Oct 6, 2009 12:29 PM

                                And for this thread, the LAST time I came in here (to read several responses to my post upthread), the posts I had read before were collapsed, and only new ones were open.

                                This time? Every single post is open. Ones I've read; new ones.

                                But over the past few days, I've had happen exactly the way jfood noted above...a little of #1, a little of #2, and a little of #3.

                            2. re: Melanie Wong
                              jfood Oct 6, 2009 12:17 PM

                              Here you go:


                              BTW when I left and came back t this thread everything above your post was closed and everything below was expanded. The correct answer would have been everything expanded. Just another data point.

                              1. re: jfood
                                hannaone Oct 6, 2009 12:19 PM

                                Testing time stamp error

                                1. re: hannaone
                                  hannaone Oct 6, 2009 12:21 PM

                                  It seems that the expanded/collapsed problem occurs when the time stamp is incorrect. When the time stamp is accurate the thread behaves as it should.

                                  1. re: hannaone
                                    HillJ Oct 6, 2009 12:47 PM

                                    I've noticed that too hannaone.

                          2. LindaWhit Oct 5, 2009 03:19 PM

                            Yeah, the threads that I've posted in, after a new post is added, are almost always opening fully expanded - VERY irritating!

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                            1. re: LindaWhit
                              chowser Oct 5, 2009 07:03 PM

                              I'm afraid to open any large threads (about TC!) and all because it'll all expand and I won't find the new posts.

                              1. re: chowser
                                coney with everything Oct 6, 2009 05:16 AM

                                I'm chiming in with the same issue re: all posts opening instead of just the newer ones.

                                Also, when I've opened a post and then mouse up to the board menu, the menu opens and closes again before I can navigate to another board listing. Intermittent, though--I just tried it here and the board menu stayed open. So good luck figuring that one out!

                                1. re: coney with everything
                                  jfood Oct 6, 2009 05:20 AM

                                  after the login half os the threads jfood opened were fully expanded and the others are fine. I thinkit may be that the threads that have been opened then closed and then have a new post are fine but the grandfathered ones from before the re-login are FUBAR

                            2. thew Oct 5, 2009 02:41 PM

                              open threads, numerous errors, and sometimes when i try to reply to OP it jumps to the my chow page instead

                              1. alanbarnes Oct 5, 2009 02:40 PM

                                A new twist in the "fully expanded" genre - I just opened a thread that's been around for a week or so, and the top posts were compressed, but the last couple of days' posts (all but a couple of which I'd seen) were expanded.

                                If I checked into a hotel and it had this many bugs, I'd check right back out.

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                                1. re: alanbarnes
                                  queencru Oct 5, 2009 03:07 PM

                                  Yep, that just happened to me with this post. All the posts posted after my last post were expanded, but the others were collapsed.

                                2. jfood Oct 5, 2009 02:31 PM

                                  Now let's add cannot save replies....OK how did jfood do it her? :-)

                                  1. rworange Oct 5, 2009 01:31 PM

                                    When I try to reply to this post, it throws me back to my profile.

                                    I've been having a number of crazy redirects like that ... clicking on one link and going elsewere. This one is consistant. Maybe because I'm replying to someone who is replying to me?

                                    Like everyone else, expand is weird. I never opned this topic and it showed I had read the first two replies. I didn't

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                                    1. re: rworange
                                      Allstonian Oct 5, 2009 04:05 PM

                                      Just had the same thing happen - tried to reply to a short thread (in which I had no previous post) and kept getting redirected back to my profile page instead.

                                      BUT - this one worked fine. What gives?

                                      1. re: Allstonian
                                        Allstonian Oct 5, 2009 04:37 PM

                                        Interesting - the clue that you won't be able to reply, but will instead get routed back to your own profile page, is that the links down in the right-hand corner of the post you're replying to will be "Permalink" and "Reply", but the "Report" link is missing.

                                        Also, the "Edit" option is missing, which is why I'm adding this as a comment to my own post instead of editing...

                                        1. re: Allstonian
                                          BobB Oct 6, 2009 08:42 AM

                                          I can confirm that when Report is missing, clicking on Reply takes you to My Chow. But I had to wait a couple of hours to write this, since this thread itself was one of the ones that had no Report buttons earlier today.

                                      2. re: rworange
                                        Melanie Wong Oct 6, 2009 10:44 AM

                                        Firefox is throwing up clickjacking danger messages. I posted it separately here.

                                        I included a link to the recent CNET article explaining this type of hijacking as dangerous web design.

                                        1. re: Melanie Wong
                                          hannaone Oct 6, 2009 11:40 AM

                                          Melanie I do not get the clickjack warning, do you have flash enabled or disabled in noScript?

                                      3. q
                                        queencru Oct 5, 2009 12:40 PM

                                        I just tried to reply 3x to another Error Messages page that I've been using today and clicking "reply" just brings me back to My Chow. Ugh. I am just coming to this one instead since I'm having such bad luck with the other one.

                                        1. Scargod Oct 5, 2009 12:26 PM

                                          I know those techies are crawling around in there right now knocking off cables and mushing hard drives!
                                          Lately, "My Posts" shows that there are new posts on threads, yet when I open the thread all posts are open, instead of just new replies.
                                          Also today, I have clicked on reply (to a post) and been returned to my previous page.
                                          Also today, I have gone back to a page where I had just made a post (and the new post was showing up), and it's now gone, until I reload the page.

                                          1. BobB Oct 5, 2009 12:13 PM

                                            Now this is weird - I came to this thread to add my observation that "threads opening fully even when there are only a few new posts" has been happening to me too today, albeit only intermittently, but before I posted I noticed another phenomenon - jfood's post was time-stamped 11:58AM today, about three hours BEFORE alanbarnes's post to which it was responding! Then I hit Reload Page, and the jfood post changed its time stamp to read 2:58PM.

                                            Spooky. Are the techs intentionally trying to freak us out in preparation for Halloween?

                                            1. jfood Oct 5, 2009 11:58 AM

                                              ditto, ditto, ditto

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