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Drew Sowersby

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Is the TED site too slow for advanced operations like TED conversations?

It seems to me that TED is very slow. Is this speed adequate to support the great ambitions of TED?

Specifically, when I push a button, like submit or TED conversations, it takes 5-100 times as long to bring up the page. No other site does this to me. The reason I ask this question is simple. TED wants participants to donate time, which is by far the most precious commodity known to civilization. If I am going to contribute, it would be nice to have computing power that would allow seamless navigation at break neck speeds. I am actually not complaining, I am arguing for more speed so that the time I contribute is not spent waiting.

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  • Feb 25 2011: Slowness issues should largely be resolved. We've made some major backend changes in the last week so things should feel a lot zippier now.
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      Feb 26 2011: I just sent a comment to one of my conversations and the website responded immediately. :)
      I also was finally able to change my profile picture, which I had been trying to do for a while now. Great job guys!
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    Feb 21 2011: I experienced a similar situation. components of TED.com are much slower in last few days. I did send an e-mail to technical team. But I'm not sure how seriously it will be taken. I think maybe servers need to be upgraded.
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    Feb 24 2011: I haven't felt any slow downs on video pages. But commenting on conversations is quite slow...
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    Feb 21 2011: Its been good for me.
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    Feb 21 2011: Yes, I have some problems. It takes a while to upload or to open a new page.
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    Feb 21 2011: I haven't been noticing any slowdowns, to be honest, but that might just be luck. Still, this is a new feature, so the team may still have some tweaking to do.
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    Feb 21 2011: I have had some of the problems and connection errors.
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    Feb 21 2011: I have not encountered problems with speed so far, perhaps if you are a bit more specific someone from the tech department can look into it.
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    Feb 21 2011: I often have to hit F5 key. I truly hope it'll be better for all.