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Difficulties Getting the VC to Load?:
Anderson asks about it; I thought I would check to see if others are having the same problem.
Anon Y. Mous:
None here, but I find it amusing that this:

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1.8.2008 3:52pm
Waldensian (mail):
Yes, I have had this problem repeatedly. The browser thinks the page is loaded but all the text is still missing. I suspect it is related to the intensely annoying animated advertisement at the top of the page, but that's just a wild guess.
1.8.2008 4:04pm
Dan Weber (www):
DNS name service from my ISP sucks, but I know how to route around that.

Once I fixed that I could get in.
1.8.2008 4:04pm
annon1:
"Yes, I have had this problem repeatedly. The browser thinks the page is loaded but all the text is still missing."

Me too.
1.8.2008 4:17pm
SenatorX (mail):
Yes, I have had this problem repeatedly. The browser thinks the page is loaded but all the text is still missing.

Me too exactly. Been going on for just a couple days.
1.8.2008 4:21pm
Orielbean (mail):
No problem on my end. I am using Firefox 2.0.0.11, with volokh.com and pajamasmedia.com as allowed to display (java)scripts. Windows XP SP2. I use Comcast at home and a business-grade T3 line at work.
1.8.2008 4:23pm
K Parker (mail):
Where are y'all located? I'm in the Pacific Northwest, and I have not seen any problems.
1.8.2008 4:24pm
Orielbean (mail):
I have, however, had an similar-sounding error stemming from cnn.com - the page loads, the headline loads, but then no text - just a blank space.
1.8.2008 4:24pm
Adam J:
I have the problem both at work and at home, the top frame will load, but no text. After a reload or two it eventually works however.
1.8.2008 4:24pm
Gabriel Malor (mail):
Occasionally I have had trouble depending on whether I am trying to connect to www.volokh.com or use volokh.powerblogs.com. The latter is consistently faster and has worked a few times when the former would not. I've now set my bookmarks to the second one.
1.8.2008 4:27pm
Steve P. (mail):
The header loads fine, and quickly. The content is held up by the images along the right side of the page, so it's likely just latency in downloading those images from doubleclick.net.

I didn't particularly look into it, but Firebug tells me most of the js time is spent adding event observers to the various links.
1.8.2008 4:29pm
Dave N (mail):
I have seen it somewhat--and occassionally a problem when the section for comments is unexpectedly narrow.

Of course, there are some minor irritations with the tagging of text. A few days ago someone was having problems with actually providing a link and commented. I wrote a post explaining the how to do a link and but then was not allowed to post because I used the tags in my explanation (an explanation on how to do this would be helpful--I discovered the "secret" through quite a bit of trial and error).
1.8.2008 4:31pm
pete (mail) (www):

Yes, I have had this problem repeatedly. The browser thinks the page is loaded but all the text is still missing.


I had to refresh this page three times in order to post this comment. My internet connection at work is a T1 line and I am using IE 6.0.

I have noticed that several blogs and some news sites recently seem to have this problem with everything on the page loading except the actual text I am interesting in reading. Usually refreshing the page a few times fixes it.
1.8.2008 4:34pm
LM (mail):
I recently, occasionally get all the text (blog and comments) bunched in a narrow band on the left. Reloading fixes it. But I'm still using Mozilla, so I'm probably an outlier for diagnostic purposes.
1.8.2008 4:42pm
markm (mail):
Same experience here, with many other sites: it loads the top frame and then decides it's done. Reload and the rest appears (usually). I doubt it's latency of anything because the browser (Opera) has changed the icon in the toolbar to show a completed page load. It doesn't seem to depend on the site but seems to have been getting gradually more common for all sites over several months. And I've encountered it in two states, with both AT&T DSL and Insight cable modems.

With Microsoft IE at work, the symptoms are a little different: nothing loads and it brings up a page not found error. Re-load, and there it is. But that might be a company firewall issue...
1.8.2008 4:51pm
3.14159:
Yes, Volokh conspiracy is the most ad-ridden slowest-loading page in the internet that I care about. Fortunately, I just read the RSS feed. Without the RSS feed, I wouldn't read it, the site is slow slow. Often all the ads take 45 seconds to load, and then I can see the actual text I care about.
1.8.2008 4:56pm
Dave_in_MA (mail):
I get a message in the Firefox status bar that says "Transferring data from secure-us-imrworldwide.com" for at least a minute, during which time the page can't be scrolled or interacted with. If I kill the loading with the big red X "Stop loading" button, things seem OK.
1.8.2008 5:03pm
Just Dropping By (mail):
Same problem as several others above -- page header loads, IE status bar displays "Done," have to refresh (usually once, sometimes several times) to get actual page content to load.
1.8.2008 5:05pm
bobby b (mail):
Here in MN, it's a general (and new) problem today.

I think the internet is tired. Things will speed up again after Super Tuesday.
1.8.2008 5:20pm
bobby b (mail):

Yes, Volokh conspiracy is the most ad-ridden slowest-loading page in the internet that I care about. . . . Often all the ads take 45 seconds to load, and then I can see the actual text I care about.


Really? It normally loads on mine near-instantaneously. Check your LAN cable for knots.
1.8.2008 5:25pm
Mark Field (mail):
I've had the same problem as Waldensian, but it's only occasional and it works when I refresh the page.
1.8.2008 5:29pm
Anderson (mail):
The content is held up by the images along the right side of the page, so it's likely just latency in downloading those images from doubleclick.net.

I think this is right, since sometimes my reloading results in a page with all the text but none of the sidebar.

I too am using IE 6.0 -- should've mentioned that up front, &I'm curious if all the problems are from other IE victims, er, users.
1.8.2008 5:31pm
Anderson (mail):
Also, is anyone else getting that PhotoStamps ad of Michelle Malkin?

...

The one where she's posing with the girl in the Santa suit?
1.8.2008 5:34pm
andy (mail) (www):
Last year i would be able to access volokh.com for a week, and then unable for a week. haven't had trouble since, though.
1.8.2008 6:56pm
Brian K (mail):
i use firefox with the flashblock and adblock add-on programs and have never had problems with loading...if you're problem is with the flash advertisements, adding one of these programs might solve it.
1.8.2008 7:11pm
wekt:

I suspect it is related to the intensely annoying animated advertisement at the top of the page, but that's just a wild guess.

What animated ad? (Thank God for FlashBlock.)
1.8.2008 7:32pm
1L John:
I have the same problem as the rest of the readers, the top bar will load but not the articles. This is particularly frustrating if you use the VC RSS feed, since the feed only contains the title and a teaser for the rest of the article. Is there any way that VC could follow the lead of other law blogs and put the whole article into RSS?
1.8.2008 7:45pm
ken (mail) (www):
Works fine with my Opera browser.
1.8.2008 9:50pm
Henry Schaffer (mail):
This past weekend there were a number of times when it "timed out" and didn't load.

I'm using Safari on a RoadRunner (cable modem) connection.
1.8.2008 10:31pm
Lev:
Occasionally I get a "site not available" message. Until after I post this, I will not have had a blank screen show up with the browser "thinking" the page has loaded - that does happen all the time at OpinionJournal.

I block every ad I can. Thanks for the rec about flashblock.

Dialup and Firefox here.
1.9.2008 12:34am
alias:
Yes... takes an extra 5-10 seconds to load lately... I blame the ads. The same thing happens at How Appealing.
1.9.2008 2:05am
advisory opinion:
What Lev said. The site either takes ages to load (showing only the header as 'done') or doesn't load at all ('site not available') from time to time. I suspect that the two aren't connected though. The former could be an ad/javascript thing and the latter a server-side glitch.
1.9.2008 3:24am
Smokey:
I have a Mac and I've had exactly zero problems.
1.9.2008 2:53pm
Orielbean (mail):
Flashblock, Ad Block, and the Ad Block filterset updaters will really enhance your browsing experience. I usually allow the google ad domains as they are harmless and don't shove flash down your internet tube. Doubleclick.net is the devil. If you allow volokh.com and pajamasmedia.com for this site, you will be able to see everything normally without the ads.
1.9.2008 3:06pm