Originally Posted by Josh Z
I don't buy the caching explanation. I've been using the site since conversion, and it's still slow as molasses. There's terrible lag in scrolling, and even worse lag in typing messages (like this one). I find that if I want to type a long message, I have to write it in Microsoft Word and then copy/paste it to the forum. That's an unacceptable inconvenience.
I have the same issues at HTF. This platform is very awkward to use.
I use IE8 at home, but am stuck with IE7 on my work computer (don't have permission to upgrade). Same issues on both.
This is still my experience, having visited daily since the changeover. Though I have no typing lag. I would acknowledge the lag in scrolling or links to other in-site pages has improved only slightly, but anything other than immediate response is unacceptable.
I'm sure my older workstation has much to do with this (Mac G4, OSX 4.11, Firefox 3.6, Safari 4.1, DSL), but I can't afford HW/SW upgrades just to read AVS.
I don't mind ads; I can ignore them. I don't mind figuring out how to work new apps; often enjoyable for me. I don't have any aesthetic preferences; the skin is irrelevant to me.
But fast response and immediate readability are of utmost importance. I think this would hold true of any visitor, regardless of their online prowess. If general bloatware is impeding the basic function of quick recognition, visitors will turn away; online research and monitoring bear this out.
I've found life goes on after my permanent exit from HTF and Audiogon, where I once was a daily visitor.
I'm sure I won't be missed; I don't have any spending money. And that's what drives a refresh-for-revenue, or any tech "advance" for that matter. Think up a "need", rush it to market, sell it aggressively, reconcile complaints/malfunction later.