This has been bugging me for quite some time, and the problem seems to be getting worse as more SE sites are added. I've watched MetaSO for some time to see if anyone else reports it, and I haven't seen it yet, so here it is:
Anything ajaxy happening on the site seems to be taking and interminably long time to complete. This includes:
- Voting up or down
- Adding a comment
- Deleting a comment
- Voting to close a question
- Getting the vote splits on a question
- etc. etc. etc.
The incident that prompted this question is this answer that, until my fifth or sixth attempt just now, I couldn't register an upvote on.
Maybe it's not even the Ajax stuff. I just did an F5 on the Unanswered page at StackOverflow, and it took 14 seconds to complete.
I'm behind a proxy. Does that make a difference?
Note: SO works fine most of the time from my home, but sometimes these problems happen there too. It almost feels like the server is running out of memory, and is thrashing the swap file.
I feel like I'm whining, but I've gotten used to the sub-3 second historical response times from StackOverflow, and 14 seconds is a long time to wait, given the number of clicks needed to use the site well.