Anyone else having trouble with AtoZ?

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  1. scmom

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    For the last couple of days, it has been soooooooo slooooooow! Like dial-up slow. Internet explorer is blocking all the ads, and sometimes pages won't even show. My computer isn't doing it on other sites, just this one.
     
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  3. Aliceacc

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    YES.

    I keep coming here to escape reality, and it's driving me crazy.

    And it's on both of our computers, not just this one.
     
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    All of the ads are blocked on my computer, too. In fact, I just noticed that a little while ago, and tried testing AtoZ in a different browser in case something was wrong with mine. (I usually use Google Chrome, and tried it with Internet Explorer.) I got the same thing with both of the broswers.
     
  5. czacza

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    Not today for me.
     
  6. Caesar753

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    I'm not having any problems today. I'm using Firefox.
     
  7. Tasha

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    I've started having problems as well.
     
  8. giraffe326

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    I've had issues for the last 2 or 3 days as well. I know that Amanda has been in the process of an upgrade for a while now, so that is probably the problem.
     
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    The only thing I noticed is that the ads aren't able to load.
     
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    Today I'm seeing one or two ads, but the back arrow still doesn't work when I'm on A to Z.
     
  11. bandnerdtx

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    YES! I thought it was just me! It's driving me NUTS! I can't hit the back arrow at all, so I have to keep going to view new posts and start all over from page one. GRRRR.

    Ads are blocked for me as well.
     
  12. Amanda

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    No - it has nothing to do with the upgrade. Did you notice the slowness in conjunction with ads not loading yesterday? The ad server crashed due to a hard drive failure, so I'm guessing it was related to that. (I'm hoping that is the problem because the server should otherwise be lightning fast.)

    I really can't catch a break lately. :confused: This is the second hard drive failure in a couple of months and the first in 10+ years. Server issues are what have delayed the upgrade, and now I have another problem to fix vs. working on improving the site.

    Please know that the ads are the only way I have to pay for the servers so this is a huge deal. :( It pains me to hear that users who I assume enjoy and appreciate the site block the ads, because without the ads it would be impossible for the forums to exist.

    I'm trying to patch things together while I get the ad server back up and running. Hopefully it will be back to normal soon, but I do appreciate posts like this to let me know what's going on. I need all the help I can get. :)
     
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    Also, I will always post here if I'm working on the server, so in the absence of a post from me acknowledging any issues please assume I don't know about it and email me ... amanda @ atozteacherstuff.com

    I know the uncertainty of the upgrade has caused some confusion. I told you about it to give you a heads up, but I will still explicitly tell you when it's going to happen. The problem is I thought it would be soon and have kept running into obstacles. :(
     
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    That's really strange. I haven't noticed that problem at all, and I'm not sure what would cause it.
     
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    I'm using Chrome and most ads are not showing up. I can use the back arrow, though.
     
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    Amanda, I'm not intentionally blocking ads! What I meant by my post is that the ads are not loading! I'm getting an "internet explorer cannot display this page" message in their place! It started at the same time the back arrow issue began for me.

    I can't imagine how difficult it is to maintain this site, and please know that even though technical glitches are frustrating, they don't keep me from frequenting the forum or recommended it to others! :hugs:
     
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    Thanks for explaining, bandnerdtx. :) I understand some ads appear to be blocked by the browser. Hopefully that will be fixed by the end of the day. I was referring to plugins that allow people to turn ads off altogether. I probably should have not even mentioned it because a few people blocking ads intentionally will not have a huge impact on the site. If it became a trend, however, I would simply have to adjust and change with the times. I apologize for being a little sensitive right now.
     
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    My ads are also not working with Chrome and I had trouble getting on the site earlier. I'm not intentionally blocking ads and they use to come up. I noticed it yesterday or the day before and it's continuing. It says:

    This webpage is not available
    The connection to adz.atozteacherstuff.com was interrupted.
     
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    I can see the ads now :) Crap, now I can't see them again. :(
     
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    I had ads, but now they're mostly blocked by the message saying that the Internet Explorer can't.... something.

    Most of my ads are Disney; you KNOW I'm not intentionally blocking them :)

    I just hit the back arrow 3 times before it worked. It does appear to work on other sites.
     
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    I think everything is good except I can not find the search link that according to the FAQ is supposed to be at the top of most pages.
     
  22. Amanda

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    Some are working; some haven't been fixed yet.
     
  23. Amanda

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    The blue navigation bar has a search link between view posts and quick links if you are logged in (toward the right side of the page).
     
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    I also cannot see ads and haven't been able to for a few days. I use Chrome and get the message that the webpage is not available--the connection attempt to adz.atozteacherstuff.com was rejected.
     
  25. bandnerdtx

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    Just fyi, everything works fine when I view the site from my iPhone.
     
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    I am seeing error messages that say firefox cannot display the page and/or cannot establish a connection to the server. My settings do not block ads, so I do not know what is up. :( sorry for all the troubles Amanda. Hope things work out soon!
     
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    Just wanted to update this with: Some ads have been fixed; still waiting for ad server to be restored for full fix. In the mean time, you may see some ads that say they can't display or connection can't be established.

    Closing now to open thread about this morning's unrelated (!) downtime. :(
     
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