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I start most mornings with a quick tour of "my" SE sites. Generally I hit them in the order they appear in the footer, doing all the graduated sites I follow, then all the betas. If I have been active on a site, then I'll check there first to see if my rep has changed. And if there's an inbox notification on the first site, I'll detour over to wherever the reply is, and read that first.

No matter the order, all the sites load at about the same speed with one glaring exception: When I click that link in the footer, my browser sits there "waiting for " it for a really long time. More than half the time the page loads without any CSS or whatnot:

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If I then click a question link, the stuff manages to get loaded and the question looks fine, as does the main page when I return to it. A few months ago travel used to do this sometimes, but now it does not. Yet scifi continues to. Are different sites on different servers? What would cause this behaviour?

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closed as off-topic by MichaelT, Martijn Pieters, Shadow Wizard, Braiam, Michael Hampton Nov 17 '14 at 3:03

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Needs more tropes – random Mar 31 '12 at 18:15
Sounds like some CDN trouble. SO's CND occasionally drops the CSS for me, never have the problem with other sites. – Ben Brocka Mar 31 '12 at 20:00
When I go to open it, the graphics seem really slow to load. And there are a lot of graphics... – Cody Gray Apr 1 '12 at 0:33

Thanks for bringing this up. I cannot reproduce the issue with the current build of our network sites.

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You seem to like answering old bug reports. – bjb568 Oct 18 '14 at 3:09
@bjb568 is that a complaint? – Tshepang Oct 18 '14 at 4:01
@Tshepang No, a comment. – bjb568 Oct 18 '14 at 4:28
agreed, whatever the discrepancy was seems now to be gone. Sci Fi loads about the same speed as the other sites. – Kate Gregory Nov 17 '14 at 14:19

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