A few people, in fact, as of writing, it's just Three!, have reported that Senior Chatters has been a little slow recently. With pages taking up to 7 minutes! to load in one particular case. This is obviously not right. The only significant change that was made recently has been the introduction of the new Private Chat feature, which most members really love. However, as we have not been able to duplicate the slow site issue ourselves, it is near impossible to work out why ONLY a few members are experiencing really slow page loads on Chatters.
As the issue is likely to do with Private Chat, as of 9am GMT today, we have changed the way that Private Messages are queried to the database. In short, this has resulted in a significant reduction in server load (not that it was high in the first place mind you).
What Does This Mean For You?
Absolutely nothing, except that your Private Chat Messages with now be sent instantly rather than being polled every few seconds. And, as the load on the sever is now lower, it will also mean a faster and more enjoyable browsing experience for everybody using Senior Chatters.
I'd love to hear your feedback? Is Senior Chatters fast enough for you?