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What's up with RMweb recently?
« on: December 23, 2021, 12:27:14 PM »
RMweb seems to have been very under the weather over the last few weeks, with pages loading very slowly or not at all - anyone know what's up? Seems to have coincided with the display of generic popup videos which manage to be both pointless and highly annoying. Or is it just me?

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2021, 12:49:06 PM »
Ian. I have found RMweb to be slow and full of annoying ads, events that are not happening listed and after checking my browsers and clearing my cache came to the same conclusions. Happy Christmas. Chris
« Last Edit: December 23, 2021, 03:52:35 PM by crewearpley40 »

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2021, 12:52:11 PM »
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They have been testing advertising for some time hence what you are seeing. If you are a gold member then you donít see so many ads and they are going to introduce another subscription level in the new year.

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2021, 12:53:05 PM »
And your point is?

There are several comments from Andy on RMWeb explaining about the verious problems since the last update.

Some of the problems have already been addressed and fixed, some have been temporarily fixed pending more changes in the New Year which it is hoped will address a lot of the problems that have occurred recently.

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2021, 01:10:42 PM »
Why the aggression, Phil? Itís a valid question.

Iíve found several times the site simply wonít load. Today was one. Yes theres a long running thread about the advert testing, but thatís full moaning and Andy getting annoyed at the moaners. And that assumes you can even access that site if the page loads.

For a large, commercially backed site the performance is shambolic. At least once a week I just get a Cloudflare outage page.

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2021, 01:43:06 PM »
Indeed, my point is it's gone from normally usable to something between painfully slow and just broken (at least when I've tried accessing it), and I haven't had the patience to try and click through the site to work out what's up, on the other hand the bit which does seem to work quite well are these pointless popups, so was merely wondering if anyone has any insights (or if it's just me).

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2021, 01:52:51 PM »
The adverts are irksome and slow things down.  I liked the forum the way it was and  it isnít important enough for me to pay a subscription for it. Having said that the bottom line is that Warners is a business and can only continue to exist if it makes a profit. It is quite reasonable of them to try to generate some income from a service that cost them money to provide. So no complaints from me; itís been great that it has been provided for free and without pop up advertising for so long.
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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2021, 03:43:37 PM »
Ian. I have found RMweb to be slow and full of annoying ads, events that are not happening listed and after checking my broswers and clearing my cache came to the same conclusions. Happy Christmas. Chris

I have found RMweb to be slow and full of annoying people and rarely bother with it these days so I have no idea or interest in whether it works or not. Just my opinion of course.
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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2021, 04:27:31 PM »
Part of the NGF upgrade involves the sabotage of their site. Normal service will never be resumed as they have been assimilated into the Borg collective >:D

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2021, 04:48:25 PM »
The adverts are irksome and slow things down.  I liked the forum the way it was and  it isnít important enough for me to pay a subscription for it. Having said that the bottom line is that Warners is a business and can only continue to exist if it makes a profit. It is quite reasonable of them to try to generate some income from a service that cost them money to provide. So no complaints from me; itís been great that it has been provided for free and without pop up advertising for so long.

Well put

The 'business' element is really the problem.

Hobby forums are much better when they are managed by willing (and all such people deserve everyone's unwavering support) and able volunteers. I would much prefer an RM Web style forum but 'non-aligned'. The trouble is it is impossible to get everyone interested in one subject to support the same one forum so you end up with dozens of similar forums with different groups of people on each one, which arguably spreads the  'gen' too thinly.
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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2021, 08:02:50 PM »
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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2021, 09:33:10 PM »
The "problem" with RMWeb is the sheer number of very knowledgeable people who use it.

If I wanted to know which style of lamp irons were used on an 1897 vintage Furness Railway kettle, someone there would probably have the answer.

On here, forgive me, not so much  :P

However I no longer post about my layout on RMWeb, just here.  :D

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2021, 09:58:39 PM »
I post a bit more on here, but my interests extend outside of N (sorry) and itís just a far busier forum.

I used to spend a huge amount of time on a cycling forum which was very similar - commercial, attached to a magazine publishers (albeit they only published the eponymous mountain biking magazine). They messed around with adverts to the extent the site became a right pain, but they also introduced a membership tier for £1.50 a month to get rid of all adverts. I happily paid up and actually Iím still paying, even though I only visit the site every couple of months now. RMWeb shouldíve had a better alternative to ďGoldĒ, which is very expensive and includes too many bells and whistles, in place before they started messing about with it.

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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2021, 09:58:47 PM »
both pointless and highly annoying. Or is it just me?


I don't think any one would describe you as "pointless and highly annoying" Ian.   ;)
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Re: What's up with RMweb recently?
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2021, 10:26:23 PM »
I post a bit more on here, but my interests extend outside of N (sorry) and itís just a far busier forum.

I used to spend a huge amount of time on a cycling forum which was very similar - commercial, attached to a magazine publishers (albeit they only published the eponymous mountain biking magazine). They messed around with adverts to the extent the site became a right pain, but they also introduced a membership tier for £1.50 a month to get rid of all adverts. I happily paid up and actually Iím still paying, even though I only visit the site every couple of months now. RMWeb shouldíve had a better alternative to ďGoldĒ, which is very expensive and includes too many bells and whistles, in place before they started messing about with it.
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