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Ajay

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Yeah. ATF, a once proud and oft quoted tech forum is now becoming a meme, but in a bad way.
 
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esquared

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Is this going to get fixed or are we going to endure it until the forum dies? Why can no one answer that? Where is our Forum Director and others?
I have posted multiple times about contacting the people at Future. The FDs have zero to do with this issue. We cannot fix what is wrong with this.

All I can do is contact the names I have contacted and you guys can do the same. Maybe they will explain.

@SHaines
@CParsons
 
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Thunder 57

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I have posted multiple times about contacting the people at Future. The FDs have zero to do with this issue. We cannot fix what is wrong with this.

All I can do is contact the names I have contacted and you guys can do the same. Maybe they will explain.

@SHaines
@CParsons

Thank you, this is the first time I have seen this. Somehow I doubt it will get fixed though. It's a shame quality print tech sites have slowly gone the way of the dodo in favor of youtubers.
 
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lantis3

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Took several times to login.

I'm wondering if Future plc can request Vultr.com to change reverse proxy (I guess it's where the issues came from) or host server for forums.anandtech.com

The reason being forms.tomshardware.com uses same forum software (XenForo) as Anandtech and has same hosting company,

yet its forum does not exhibit the same problem as Anandtech's forum. It has a complete different IP (207.246.111.218) though.
 
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daveybrat

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This is getting ridiculous. This is literally the only website i browse that feels like i'm on dial-up, except with the added 502 and 504 Gateway errors.
 
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Thunder 57

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Took several times to login.

I'm wondering if Future plc can request Vultr.com to change reverse proxy (I guess it's where the issues came from) or host server for forums.anandtech.com

The reason being forms.tomshardware.com uses same forum software (XenForo) as Anandtech and has same hosting company,

yet its forum does not exhibit the same problem as Anandtech's forum. It has a complete different IP (207.246.111.218) though.

Toms is ...Ok enough. Their main site blows AT out of the water. I'd rather not have to use their forums though. The AT site can't even get review samples anymore. What a joke and how the mighty have fallen.

This is getting ridiculous. This is literally the only website i browse that feels like i'm on dial-up, except with the added 502 and 504 Gateway errors.

I don't get the gateway errors too much but it does seem to run at dial-up speed at least 3/4 of the day.
 

esquared

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To be clear, I have emailed Chris and Steve about the ongoing problems last week, when they started up again.

I hope that either of them will post here and have a better answer that what I am giving you. I know my answers aren't great.
 
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To be clear, I have emailed Chris and Steve about the ongoing problems last week, when they started up again.

I hope that either of them will post here and have a better answer that what I am giving you. I know my answers aren't great.

It's way better at the moment. Thank you for keeping us informed.
 

lantis3

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Toms is ...Ok enough. Their main site blows AT out of the water. I'd rather not have to use their forums though. The AT site can't even get review samples anymore. What a joke and how the mighty have fallen.

You are probably right. The only reason people still visit here probably is non tech or social related topics that's not very active in Tom's forum.
 

VirtualLarry

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I do find that most often, it lags and crashes when you try to go to "watched threads" or any other user-personalized pages. Going to "watched forums" or just the general forums or sub-forum links causes much less problems.

but again....I still can only imagine this is by design. It just seems so unbelievable to me to have these problems so consistently.
Maybe it's an operational "poison pill". When was the last payment made to the forum software's author? How "old" is the version that they're running on here. Maybe they're written to silently and secretly degrade service after a year after last payment for the software.

Edit: Are they (forum admins) using the same config or license file between Tom's and AT forums? Is that part of the problem?
 
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