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Ads on SE sites are excessively animated, irrelevant, dubious and resource-intensive

Reading this question I decided it would be worth checking if the situation is indeed so bad. Spoiler alert: IT IS. I tried opening a page on Science&Fiction using Edge. I was prompted with an ...
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Ads on SE sites are excessively animated, irrelevant, dubious and resource-intensive

I'm a user on one of the sites where the experiment is being conducted. As I understand it, ads on Stack Overflow are curated for both relevance to a technical audience and ad quality, including a "...
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Degraded Stack Exchange network performance

[UPDATE #7 (March 11)] Issue has been resolved. The team has adjusted the way traffic is distributed among various load balancers and the fixes appear to have been holding solid for a number of days ...
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Ads on SE sites are excessively animated, irrelevant, dubious and resource-intensive

It seems clear that if SE wants to enforce any sort of standards on our ads, no matter what those standards may be, we absolutely cannot trust the ad providers to do so for us. Though we are still in ...
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Please don't completely remove the mobile website, for the benefit of users on slow connections

Re animuson's comment. I will say that this is incredibly unlikely to happen. Responsive design was always meant to replace mobile web from day one, and that plan was explicitly mentioned in the ...
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Ads on SE sites are excessively animated, irrelevant, dubious and resource-intensive

The single, simplest way to reduce the madness is to shingle the ads. Think about how the Puffin browser works. It has a web browser running on a Linux server, which ghosts your web pages for you. ...
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Please don't completely remove the mobile website, for the benefit of users on slow connections

Thanks for your feedback here. To be clear when we say that we are removing the mobile website, what we are referring to is the following: Many of the main views used for rendering the site have ...
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User profile page takes 15-20 SECONDS to load on first load in X minutes

This should be resolved. After digging into various things, we added a new index and adjusted an existing index specifically for this query. The new execution plan for the query is significantly ...
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Please don't completely remove the mobile website, for the benefit of users on slow connections

I'll offer a different position. If the main concern is bandwidth related, then the steps to optimize the site such that it can load and run sufficiently on slow networks should be taken. Admittedly ...
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I am wearing a hat on Stack Overflow, but when I update the page it does not appear immediately

Wearing a COVID19 mask isn't a trivial task. You need to prepare. You need to make sure it's placed correctly. Those actions take time. Three seconds are very quick, be glad it works without a squeak. ...
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I am wearing a hat on Stack Overflow, but when I update the page it does not appear immediately

Short of making it load faster, no, AFAIK. One way to get around that however, is to do what Mithical did and screenshot your avatar wearing a choice hat, then upload that as your profile pic.
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I am wearing a hat on Stack Overflow, but when I update the page it does not appear immediately

In the HTML, it shows that the hat and the profile image are separate objects, so sometimes the hats load slower, maybe a cache problem, I think it's fine just blink your eye and it's there :-)
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Performance delay in editor when moving to a blank line

I've encountered this bug mostly on SO but also on SE (using Windows 10 Pro version 20H2 with Firefox 92.0). It's exactly as described. I'm under the impression it's not a delay but the cursor blink ...
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Scrolling on Stack Overflow is slow if a question has lots of answers

Thanks for the report! The root cause here was a script library we use to handle pop-ups combined with the presence of an invisible pop-up for every answer on the page. Should now be fixed. Details: ...
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Performance hit when editing a quesiton

Sorry about that. I had about 30k chars on one line and probably caused catastrophic backtracking as seen in this answer. The accepted answer explains the cause of the intense crashing: That (the ...
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Improve load speed of side nav links on blog, or include loading indicator

This has been fixed for the most part. However, as Shadow mentioned there are still a few places where there is some slowness. For instance viewing a tag page. Also, the "show more" button ...
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Mobile chat: Selecting a message is very CPU-intensive under Firefox for Android, top bar animation likely culprit

Ok, I'm going to do a bit more digging here. I'll just use this answer to record what I can find. Unfortunately, I suspect SE won't be too happy about sharing the unminified chat source so producing ...
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