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Johnbtv  (Level: 262.1 - Posts: 200)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 7:40 PM


Over the past couple of weeks, I have noticed a significant slowing of Sploofus pages loading. There are times, when taking a Trivia Quiz, for example, when the wait between questions may be 30-60 seconds.

Now...before somebody tells me it's probably my Internet connection that's messed up, I will note that it's ONLY Sploofus where these delays occur.

Anybody else noticing this?

Is it time for a Sploofus Server Boot?



Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 7:52 PM

You are not alone-not your internet connection-Linda

Gypsylady  (Level: 141.0 - Posts: 6037)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 7:55 PM

The pages do seem to be loading a lot slower than they did at the beginning of 2.0, especially in the middle of the night for me


Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 8:00 PM

Quizzes are often painful - especially for the tournaments - several of my quizzes ended up taking 3 or 4 times as long as they should because of waiting and waiting between questions. It happens for me at work and at home so I think it's the site - not your internet connection.

Snookerballs  (Level: 37.9 - Posts: 35)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 8:05 PM

Just a glitch Gary.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 8:12 PM

I was in the middle of taking one of Maurlin's most recent and after the second question I timed out before my answer registered-sorry, Linda, I tried as always enjoy your quizzes- Linda

Daveguth  (Level: 250.4 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 8:42 PM

It's definitely the Sploofus site. And it's definitely a pain. It's not only frustrating to sit around and wait for a quiz to load, but, like Slicko, it's affecting my scores. I've dealt with the occasional freezes between questions on quizes since I joined the site, but it's nuts in the last few weeks. (At least there is Kerblunk, where you don't have to submit between questions.) I'm still addicted to the Tournaments, so I'll play those quizes--but I pretty much avoid any other quizes these days.

This is on top of a huge number of bugs on the site that have never been addressed.

I've tried not to whine too much about his site. Heck, if it's too frustrating, the best (only) solution is to just quit using the site. It's obvious that the owner of this site is incapable of addressing the concerns of the users, but it's also obvious that we're all so addicted to these various trivia games that we're willing to put up with the poor quality.

That said, I'm an IT manager, responsible for a fairly major information system, and if I ignored even 1/10 of the bugs that remain in this system, or I so consistently ignored customer input, I would be fired immediately.

Chrondo  (Level: 88.7 - Posts: 31)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 9:01 PM

I posted a message titled "Freezing" just last night. None of the same people that replied here, replied to it. hmmm.

There was an interesting reply by chickfbref1 that you should read. Unfortunately, it was AFTER I payed for Gold Membership, thinking it could help towards a possible server upgrade. Guess I was wrong.

Anyway, go read it, it may enlighten you.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 9:13 PM

Sorry thought 'freezing" would be about something else so didn't bother-going to read it now-Linda

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 11:14 PM

I'm seeing the same thing myself. Quizzes load slowly and so does Salty Dog, WM's and WR's at times. It's not constant but it's sure annoying.

Lagosta  (Level: 92.5 - Posts: 1)
Thu, 19th Feb '09 11:52 PM

I thought it was just me. I waited 1 minute 35 seconds (I counted) for a question in a trivia quiz to register!

Godwit  (Level: 78.1 - Posts: 435)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 4:09 AM

Acckkk! I've been defraging and otherwise harassing my computer every night, thinking it was us.
So the good news is it's NOT us, it's the site. Which is the bad news.

Surreyman  (Level: 257.4 - Posts: 2766)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 4:30 AM

Hang on ... it's now 2009 ... and I still haven't been able to scroll down to here yet ...

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2661)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 11:33 AM

I just took a vocab quiz. Three of the questions hung for at least 1 minute each after I selected an answer. Please, someone who has contact with Justin, let him know of the problem. It has happened frequently before.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 11:55 AM

I fell asleep taking a quiz this morning. It was a very neat baseball quiz that won a EA. I apologize to the author for not being able to complete it and rate it. Regardless Sploofus is still an awesome site and Justin rocks as well.

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5866)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 12:19 PM

I'm not sure it is slowing down as much as it is dying a slow death..............................

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 12:51 PM

Maybe a little, but the fog's getting thicker...and Leon is getting laaaaarrrrrger.

Allena  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 1388)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 2:00 PM

Steve, glad you brought it up. I thought it was my connection. Even the TQOTD is lethargic. The hardest is changing pages.

Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 211.8 - Posts: 58)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 2:21 PM

Please get word to President Lincoln. I overheard two people in a local tavern and I think there is going to be an attempt on his life tonight at the theater. Hope this message gets through in time.

Joannie  (Level: 115.7 - Posts: 1)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 3:02 PM

It's definately the site. How do we get to find out if this problem's going to be addressed? My time spent on Sploofus used to be fun, now I'm finding it a very irritating experience-surely this can't be right??

Jeannette  (Level: 109.5 - Posts: 1736)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 3:58 PM

deffently the site it is very annoying at times

Nelly  (Level: 169.8 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 4:48 PM

Just entered my first tournament in ages and it was painful! Agree with you Gary!

Wordster  (Level: 156.7 - Posts: 895)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 5:45 PM

Glad to hear it's not just this British sploofer that is having trouble with the snail-speed-sploofus. I gave up on a quiz the other day too.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 6:01 PM

Tuz...LOLOLOLOL!!! And that dress.....and those shoes! Argh!

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 6:52 PM

And in case Justin can't read this....



Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 20th Feb '09 8:37 PM

Yep, even on my webtv it's taking forever. Miriam

Bobbsey  (Level: 153.2 - Posts: 252)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 7:33 AM

ahh godwit, thats funny, i defraged too, it needed it, but i thought it was the reason having trouble with sploofus

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4147)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 8:15 AM

Until Justin can tweak, tinker and tune up Sploofus, I thought I'd let you know what I do when I hit a lag. I empty my browser cache right in the middle of taking quizzes. It's a little scary, because occasionally I worry that I might get booted from the quiz, but that hasn't happened. So far, doing this has worked every time to break the lag, and then I move on to the next questions. I don't know if that will help anyone else, but I thought I'd throw it out there.

Meanwhile, I have confidence that Justin is doing his best to sort out these problems, and we'll all be happier campers soon.

-- Geri

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 8:38 AM

I didn't know my browser even had a cache. It must be overflowing. How do I empty it?

Ne1410s  (Level: 235.3 - Posts: 24)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 10:52 AM

Sploofus is definitely slower than when I first wandered here. It is maddening. Quizzes nearly always hang up at some point. Today, the timer kept going during the freeze. My golden membership will be history when it expires.


Dutchman  (Level: 231.4 - Posts: 36)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 11:25 AM

Just got robbed on huge wager on TQOTD because of the timer. Turned in a bug report, but I never got a response on my last complaint, so who knows? I'm paying money for this frustration?

Diva305  (Level: 145.9 - Posts: 1643)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 11:39 AM

At least I didn't wager on the VOCABULARY QOTD, got it right, but "timed out."


Here's a Word Match time!

10% 119.9s

Not fun....

Kaufman  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 11:59 AM

At least you got one right.

Diva305  (Level: 145.9 - Posts: 1643)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 12:07 PM

Yeah riiiiiiiiight-that is rare!

Also, I got a response and the level point and points for the correct answer on TQOTD.

Thanks Sploofus Support-I guess someone is there after all.

Godwit  (Level: 78.1 - Posts: 435)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 1:33 PM

I predict a massive addiction withdrawal. Someone set up the emergency rations tent!

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2661)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 2:05 PM

Dutchman...a Bug report for your TQOTD will do nothing. It just goes to Justin, who doesn't appear to be involved at this point. Click on Help at the bottom of the Sploofus screen and an editor will actually respond to your problem.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 2:09 PM

Dutch - you won't ever get a response from a bug report.

Instead, click on "help" and submit a "support ticket" and you will always get a response - eventually.

(And editors/Justin - I wish so much instead of "help" and a "green bug" at the top of the screen, that you would just have "Support Ticket" at the top, and that could link to a subcategory "report a bug." People have been confused about that from the beginning. And with new people joining all the time, there are increasing numbers of people who get frustrated all the time by both being at the top.)

Dutchman  (Level: 231.4 - Posts: 36)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 2:19 PM

Thanks to all of you for the advice. I rarely have a problem, so I didn't know the protocol.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 3:52 PM

Has it been handled? Are you satisfied, or did you get told "No points for you!"?

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 4:00 PM

Jank, that is the whole problem. The suggestion you made involves programing-don't pretend to know how that works-but for whatever his reasons Justin has not given editors or anyone involved the ability to program-thus things remain broken- Linda

Mistymented1  (Level: 26.0 - Posts: 163)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 9:08 PM

i was relieved to find out that it wasn't just my computer acting up.
i have tried running both firefox and windows for my sploofusing,
and had the slow loading problem in both of them.

it's really frustrating and it's really sad, too!

Ladyvol  (Level: 203.2 - Posts: 5441)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 9:29 PM

Mine is doing the same thing now...slow response time, stalling in the middle of answering a quiz question, the "you've already taken this quiz" message and I'm having a problem bringing up the quizzes I have written...I've cleaned out everything from cookies to my cache and it hasn't helped...Any other suggestions on what can be done?
I can't even finish the tournaments I've started...Please, somebody fix it ASAP>>>>>

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5866)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 9:44 PM

Evidently, Justin is the only one that CAN fix things and he is MIA. The editors are doing all they can and I sincerely appreciate them. Justin on the other hand needs to find someone to run this or sell it because he no longer passionate about it and frankly, that sucks.

Sploofus Editor
Sat, 21st Feb '09 11:35 PM

Justin has just informed us that he has identified the source of the problem. Please continue to be patient as he works it all out.

Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Sat, 21st Feb '09 11:39 PM

I have been experiencing the same lag times and just not registering during the middle of a quiz and it is very frustrating. I am sorry to hear that the one person who can fix things does not seem interested in doing so. I would hat to leave this site just when I am getting to know some really interesting people. I hope something is going to be done for all of us trivia addicts because this really is a great site and it would be a shame for it to continue on as it is now. Of course as new people join it can only get worse unless Justin does something about it. Very frustrating.

Sun, 22nd Feb '09 1:54 AM

Hello all -- I am working on the issue and will have it resolved shortly. You should notice an improvement at this point.

Thank you,
Justin (Mr. Sploofus)

Zeedee  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 5:51 AM

And are we going to get a QOTD today?

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 686)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:04 AM

I did not get my Question of the Day either. Very Strange.....


Collioure  (Level: 102.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:09 AM

Hey, Justin is just like Charlie of Charlie's Angels

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:29 AM

There is a whole other thread on the Daily question started by Godwit-6:30 am EST and still no question for me Linda

Snookerballs  (Level: 37.9 - Posts: 35)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 8:32 AM

Justin must have read about the trouble I had the other day and he is replacing all the rotten questions he has had in the system.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 12:45 PM

Based on the post above, it looks like you're referring to a previous thread of yours regarding a TQOTD. Please log out of your son's account and log back in under your own account in order to post. Thank you for your cooperation.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 1:17 PM

Gee, are we into the whole insinuation of "cheating" again??? Gimmee a break-bet more people than Bill have access to more than his own account so lets accuse them ALL that will surely UP the paid membership- Linda

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 1:30 PM

Everyone who has access to more than one account is on the honor system-excluding Bill, of course. GESUS!! How about the folks who share the same computer? Please use your sarcasm on all equally or refrain from commenting -notice you did not assure Bill that if he used his own account anything would be done to address his complaint-no, obviously that was not your point ANONYMOUS one. At least when I am unkind and sarcastic people know who to be mad at... Linda

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 3:11 PM

My son was checking the site and forgot to log out, I didn't notice. Ain't nothing on here worth cheating for or even thinking
abouting cheating. I'd consider cheating if there was a t-shirt or a mug at stake. Keep your eyes peeled.

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2661)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 3:57 PM

There was no mention of cheating that I saw...just a reminder to someone who had probably forgotten to sign in under his own name. Geez you guys. Get over it.

Sun, 22nd Feb '09 4:27 PM

You guys are funny - I didn't see any mention of cheating either
Deep breath, Justin, deep breath!


The mail server has encountered a few DNS issues recently due to maintenance at the data center. The TQOTDs have been issued on time, but the emails were delayed. I've rebooted the email server and mail is being dispatched as we speak... errrr.... type.

Thanks all for your cooperation and support!

Have a HAPPY day!

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 5:21 PM

Thanks for that, Justin. Obviously neither you nor Maurlin paid attention to the "Some Editorial Comments' thread. Many folks that I had inquired about just to let them know they had been missed felt the need to check in to say their account had not been terminated.-last time I will inquire about anyone.-because of that thread started by Sploofusionist. After a rather heated exchange between Sploofusionist and myself because said editor had said certain people were being monitored closely because of word puzzle scores. Sploofusionist sent me a pm saying she/he was responsible for talking the other editors into letting my 3 selves BE the Tournament-definite insinuation that would not happen. I made that fact public and another editor said I would get to participate after all. Sploofusionist felt the need to have the last word and said they had narrowed the look at "CHEATERS" down to 3 specific cases. Bill's computer had been on the blink and he appeared a few days later and said he had received a message of caution about cheating. SO.. you decide was the editor's particular interest in remembering the subject after of Bill's last post coincidental? What was the point of the editors post to BILL? We all know the editors have dual accounts and sometimes if you are quick you can catch them posting as one when they meant to as the other. I am beyond the point of caring but please do not tell me that someone made a sarcastic post for any other reason than to hint at cheating or for the sake of sarcasm alone. Until you make it a rule that 1 account to one computer or household it is subjective and if you want paid memberships to increase most likely not wise. The editors have had a lot of responsibility and I appreciate them for that as I do you, Justin, for starting this whole thing. Said pretty much all I wanted to say for a bit anyway and those who have been here a bit know what I mean whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. Linda

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2661)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 5:48 PM

And I repeat "Get over it."

Collioure  (Level: 102.7 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 5:53 PM

As a matter of fact it is now 1h25mn after Justin's post and I have still not seen Sunday's QOTD nor a closeout of a Showdown completed almost two days ago.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 5:59 PM

Linda, I love you and respect you for all of those years in Detroit, but MY GAWD, you have a vivid imagination, and it always seems to run to the negative. Has a cloud without a yucky, brown lining ever passed your way? Your version of what was said in that thread is JUST YOUR OPINION. How in the heck can you purport to KNOW what another person is trying to say. All I see is conjecture. It is like listening to Conservative talk show host interpreting everything said PLEASE!!!!!!!! Git over it and let it go.

Kimoira  (Level: 198.5 - Posts: 1189)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:10 PM

Linda's point about multiple accounts from one computer is a good one though. There are several people in one household who have different Sploofus accounts and who knows who is really signing on under what name? My daughter has an account as do I, but if I signed in under her name either by accident or purposely is that against the rules ? She is no longer a paying member but when she was, I paid for it so who gets to log in under which name? I've never done that and could not care less who does but theoretically it does pose problems for those who have multiple accounts from one computer. What goes for one person should go for all.

Allena  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 1388)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:29 PM

I am noticing a speed-up. Thank you.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:50 PM

Steve, I like you too but how is it that everything I say goes back to conservative talk show radio? I have never listened to talk radio of any kind and actually no radio at alll for many years-bothers me when I drive. My point was valid whether you choose to see it or not. Sploofusionist's original thread was out of line-chief editor or not. The rules if you can find them clearly state that if someone cheats accounts will be terminated. So if editors are sure someone i cheating-terminate their account. There was absolutely no reason for ANY reply to Bill's post. Why is he so important that any editor recalls what he said in a previous thread somewhere? Like it or not it harkened back to the last witch hunt. As long as family members share a computer any hint of cheating is subjective and that is what happened in this thread- FACT! It is a shame that anyone who takes a break for a bit is thought to be a cheater. Bill does certainly not need me to defend him and Maurlin is free to keep her head implanted deep in the sand if that is her choice too- yes, there have been many happy moments in my life but I call sh-- as I see sh--. Linda

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:53 PM

Perhaps therapy will be necessary to rid yourself of the thought that everyone's ideas that differ from yours have been tainted by Conservative Talk Radio, think? LOL

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2661)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:56 PM

I can see where your head is planted. In this thread there was a gentle reminder, not an accusation. Since the person who posted was referring to something that was said in a different post under his own name, the editor was just letting him know that he was not in under the name in which he originally posted the comment. It is a shame you must see evil hiding under every rock in sight. Please reread Tuzilla's post.

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2661)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 6:57 PM

And speaking of therapy...

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 7:05 PM

NOW you are interpreting what the editor meant- WOW I know someone as important as Bill whose every post is remembered..Who knows perhaps if I go without therapy I could get so old and childish as to take most of your quizzes which I do and BOMB them all. I won't do that as still able to separate the quiz from the person and like one and dislike the other. Linda

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 7:24 PM

Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, DO NOT do without the therapy.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 8:09 PM

Why in the world would I need therapy, Penn? I have YOU fixated on and analyzing every word I say.... LoL Linda ) before you feel the need to get the last word as you always seem to need to do, let me reply- WHATEVER...

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2661)
Sun, 22nd Feb '09 10:51 PM

"still able to separate the quiz from the person and like one and dislike the other." Thanks for clarifying. At least I know what group I'm in. At least we have mutual feelings there.

Bluemnguy  (Level: 140.3 - Posts: 41)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 12:46 PM

It is getting worse lately. Is Sploofus dying!!!!!

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 12:53 PM

Contrary to earlier reports, the sky is not currently falling.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 12:56 PM

Just VERY overcast.......

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 1:01 PM

No flowers without rain.

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5866)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 1:05 PM

Merely snide comments.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 1:09 PM

Too true. Perfect avatar, by the way.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21558)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 1:20 PM

Must be confusing to be new here and not atune to things also unaware that different rules for different people-in case you are wondering what I reference-category exemption for folks who were here in 1.0 but not given when "new and improved" 2.0 put into place. Probably wouldn't make much difference to anyone new as impossible to achieve the levels of people who have been here before dirt was invented and were thick-skinned enough not to quit time and again. The plus is that the slow-down on quiz taking has been fixed which was obvious to all even new people-Linda

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5866)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 6:00 PM

Glad you like my sentiments on how I feel about some people.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 23rd Feb '09 6:42 PM

Here I go again, Linda, you need to chill. For the life of me I can't understand why your panties get in a bunch whenever the evil "E" (editor) word comes up. You have NEVER and I mean NEVER offered a viable alternative to your alleged editor conspiracy problem. If they can't play, they won't be editors. J can't pay them. So what pray tell, my well read conspiracy theorist, is the alternative.

There is none, so honestly dear, you could really use a giant wheel of cheese lately.


Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 24th Feb '09 12:38 AM

I may even mean Limburger.


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