Cursing Jeff and Vox for ignoring their community. Seriously this is something a half cooked dev could fix in less than an hour.
Want to make it worth your time put a couple ads on the forums. I'll happily look at a Sullivans Tire or Arbella Insurance ad if these forums loaded even half the time!
I don't wait.
If it takes more than 10 or 15 seconds for a page to load I simply close the tab I have the forums open in and go to a different website.
I love this community, but I'm seriously tired of the connectivity issues here. There's no legitimate excuse why Vox Media hasn't permanently fixed this problem yet. It's clear to me they don't really view the forums as much of a priority.
I think they’d admit as much: we’re unique, in a network of sites that follow a template. The few other SBN blogs that had a forum - such as Nets Daily - have shut down their forums. We cost them money (server, independent contractors to handle maintenance, etc.) without bringing in revenue.
I’m not sure what the solution is, but it won’t be the status quo.
And to be clear, I'm well aware this is obviously about money. And noted a while back this was likely the case.
As I said in the Cavs game thread, I'm inclined to believe Vox Media (the parent company of SB Nation) simply does not care and is unwilling to invest any resources in fixing the problem.
If you notice, there are no advertisements in the forums here, only on the front page of CelticsBlog. My guess is that has a lot to do with it. I wouldn't be surprised if Vox Media actually wants everyone to shift to the front page, and would rather just phase out the forums.
Maybe they do "care", though, as "care" is a relative term here. But if the forums aren't making them money, they're definitely not going to be willing to invest resources. This is strictly a business decision.
What they plan on doing is anyone's guess, but, as I noted back in February, I wouldn't be surprised if they are considering shuttering the forums. It seems like it either that, or put up ads. But someone has to be willing to advertise on the forums, and I don't have the slightest clue what the data says about the profitability of that.