The board is so slow. Even worse, the live results can be found on the tournament's website. This is ridiculous. I hope you go back to removing those threads because they are an uneccesary waste of bandwidth.
I agree - plus there is a site dedicated to giving live scores: http://livescore.com/tennis.dll - perhaps there could be a sticky link to that on all current tournament pages? Or maybe you can have a business partnership with them for sending al your 'refresh' hits their way?
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Originally posted by Keith Can any mods or admins address this?
This was Poe's explanation when they banned scoring threads. Perhaps he and Amanda are working on solutions. It's not bad this week but during Dubai it was horrendously slow even for some with DSL.
Here's the deal with the scoring threads. You may have noticed Amanda's been closing them, that's because they're crashing the server. When people went to ATPworld.com to post scores there afterward, that server crashed too.
Even with our upgrade, the server cannot cope with hundreds of people refreshing a score thread every few seconds. Vbulletin is a very feature rich software package and is not intended to handle that kind of load, no matter how powerful the hardware.
When there's no scoring threads the server is able to handle the traffic on this site without breaking a sweat. And we'd like to be able to keep the site running that way, rather than have it shut down all the time during tennis tournaments because of being overworked. Then not only is there no score threads, there's no discussion of any kind.
Anyway, Amanda and I are working on finding a solution to this problem so that we can provide you with an alternative to the scoring threads posted on the message board.
Until that solution is in place though, we're going to have to continue to close live scoring threads and ask that you go to the chat rooms instead. We realize not everyone can load the chat, which is why we're working on a better solution, but until then it's our only alternative. What we're planning is a web page split in two frames, with the bottom frame being a simple html page for the live scores that can be loaded and refreshed by anyone with almost any browsing software, and the top frame will have the chat window for cheering and commentary etc. That way even if you can't load the chat, you can still view the bottom frame with the scores. Volunteers will be given access to update the bottom frame with the scores.
Having both sites down for hours like today doesn't do anybody any good. We hope you can understand and appreciate the situation and we're doing our best to resolve it in a way that works for everyone