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January 2011 problems

For the past few hours, anything I do on my wiki, including browsing, loading interfaces (like adding pictures), even clicking the "add categories" button, are all ridiculously slow, taking upwards of 10 seconds to load sometimes. Strangely, it seems that this issue is entirely limited to the Wiki I'm working on some Wikis and not on others, and I'm not experiencing any slowdown on any other website I've been accessing today.

Is anyone experiencing this? Could there be any reason why this is happening on my Wiki?

Covert Action Wiki

Thanks in advance for any feedback. --Headrock 16:20, January 12, 2011 (UTC)

Yeah things seem slow. Report your problem at w:c:covertaction:Special:Contact. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 11:30 AM PST 12 Jan 2011
Thanks, I was just hoping to figure out whether I was the only person experiencing this before bothering the admins directly. Will post it now.

--Headrock 20:02, January 12, 2011 (UTC)

Update: Ok, it seems to have cleared away. I haven't done anything different so I assume someone fixed it? I hope my whining helped just a little... ;) --Headrock 22:54, January 12, 2011 (UTC)

Update 2: Seems like I spoke too soon. The issue came back today, and now I'm on a completely different computer, connected to a different ISP too... What's going on?? --Headrock 15:27, January 13, 2011 (UTC)

It does the exact same thing with me. It's never been as slow as yesterday was. Just Talk to the Air Nomad! Back in Time! 15:59, January 13, 2011 (UTC)
I don't know the specific source of the problem, but I'm guessing that it has to do with the upgrade to MediaWiki version 1.16. Ajraddatz 17:44, January 13, 2011 (UTC)
I don't know if anybody is still experiencing this problem, but I am. I hope there comes a fix pretty soon, because it's very very annoying. Spaz926 18:08, January 15, 2011 (UTC)

It's because Wikia have been upgrading us to the next version of MediaWiki, a side effct of the upgrade is the server supporting it. It'll likely get faster when wikia fix it soon.--TechnobliteratorTechno's Talk 19:49, January 15, 2011 (UTC)

Well I hope it's worth it - so far the problem is persisting and making it really really hard to make small edits. I'm trying to confine myself to writing entire articles and proof-reading them a dozen times to make sure I don't need to edit again. I was told by a Wikia admin that the problem was already solved - but it resurfaced shortly afterwards... Can any of the Admins comment on an estimated time of completion for this endeavour? -- Headrock 11:50, January 16, 2011 (UTC)
(P.S. it also does beg the question as to why some of the Wikis on this site are not suffering from this issue... If it's an upgrade, shouldn't it be affecting everybody?) -- Headrock 11:51, January 16, 2011 (UTC)
People performing mass deletions doesn't help [1] [2] --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) -WikiDex 14:39, January 16, 2011 (UTC)
Its happening on a few of my wikis too. But not the bigegst one I'm using. Also, every so often I click a page and a blank white page comes up, even when the color scheme makes all pages an indigo color. WHATS GOING ON!!!??? -Universal 15:50, January 16, 2011 (UTC)
Yep, having the same issues today as well. Seems to be lots of work happening under the wikia hood today.  Devilmanozzy (Talk Page)  17:01, January 16, 2011 (UTC)
Seriously, this has sucked out all the pleasure from editing, or even browsing the Wiki. It's become a chore. :( I wish they'd at least give us an estimate on how long this problem is going to last... -- Headrock 00:54, January 17, 2011 (UTC)

Welp, I've been contacted by the admins to provide more data on this, which I did - they think it's got something to do with European servers failing to connect properly and referring me to the main servers in California, which is about as far away geographically from my location as it gets. In the meanwhile there appears to be no real improvement, aside from short periods where the Wiki actually runs at a reasonable speed, though these are rare. I guess there's nothing left to do but wait... -- Headrock 13:45, January 21, 2011 (UTC)

It's not a european thing. I always connect from northern california (between SF and SJ) and Wikia is very slow and unreliable. I run into database locks multiple times a day. This can't be "normal" service. If this keeps up I'm going start sending a Special:Contact request every time I get an unexpected error (which I've been nice and not doing up to now). -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 4:52 PM PST 21 Jan 2011
Wikia has said that there has been some sluggishness in recent days because of the MediaWiki upgrade. There are still 30,000 wikis to go out of 190,000, but many of the remainder consist of the busier wikis. Upgrade periods would not, of course, fall under what could be considered normal service, so I see no reason to trouble staff via Special:Contact any further... The 888th Avatar (talk) 04:23, January 22, 2011 (UTC)
I have a newly founded wiki with approx. 7 users on it that's nearly unusable due to the lag. Performing one typo correction takes two minutes on a broadband connection. Whatever's going on here, I hope it's close to the top of Wikia's priority list.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  14:52,1/23/2011 
It would be nice if we knew what an "upgrade period" was exactly. When and how long would be reasonably expected to know. The randomness is what disturbs so many people, I think. I've already told Sannse that the community responds much better to problems when they know more specifics about when and how they are anticipated. Most of the info about the MediaWiki 1.16.1 upgrade has been vague and infrequent, but has caused lots of major headaches and not during usual IT maintenance hours (after 9 pm eastern time or so and before 6 am pacific; I'm not sure about international time periods). -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 11:29 AM PST 24 Jan 2011

For the past couple of days it seems my Wiki's been running fine, so I guess the problem's been solved at least for me. Maybe the upgrade was done in a way where the less popular wikis were scheduled later in the process, which would explain why the slowdown never occured on the most-popular ones (or at least, occured for such a short period that no one noticed). I agree completely with Fandyllic - there was so little information about this whole thing, and even when the Wikia staff responded there was still a lot of confusion remaining, and we had to endure this mess for about two weeks without knowing whether it would go away anytime soon (or anytime at all...). I hope no one gave up on their wikis, that would've been a major loss. In any case, I just hope I'm not prematurely rejoicing - if the problem resurfaces I'm going to commit seppuku. -- Headrock 15:31, January 25, 2011 (UTC)

The problem should be gone now, as the staff stated earlier today that they finished upgrading every wiki. It seems to be working fine for me.  Monchoman45  Talk  Contribs  Skystone  15:35,1/25/2011 

February 2011 problems

It took three full minutes just to load this page. The primary culprit appears to be image*.wikia.nocookie.net, which hangs my browser for minutes at a time, although other embedded content also seems to be involved. Needless to say, my plans of editing my wiki today are pretty much shot, as it's taken about an hour just to review four pages and make one edit.
After forgetting to sign my previous edit, waited another three minutes for the editor to open again. Beadsland 20:12, February 16, 2011 (UTC)
About embedded content being problematic today, I noticed that some video galleries are broken today. I don't remember seeing this before, though I may not have noticed until today. See:
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/User:Timeshifter/Page_3#Video_gallery
This video gallery is not broken:
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/User:Timeshifter/Page_2
I don't know if the following RTE stuff is related to the slowness some people are experiencing today or not. Rich-text editing (RTE) seems to be spotty on various pages in the Cannabis Wiki. Even though I have RTE enabled in my preferences the rich text editing toolbar does not show up on some pages. And I don't have a NOWYSIWYG magic word on the page. For example:
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March_cities

I have been experimenting with RTE today, and it still has many problems. I can't figure out how to get rid of the indent for this paragraph, for example. I would like to unindent it to start a different thread section. The unindent button does not seem to help. The indent button works, but not the unindent button. I am using Firefox. I try RTE around once or twice a year, and then end up going back to the regular editor due to many serious RTE problems. I wish we could have a button for RTE mode from the regular editor. Timeshifter 23:58, February 16, 2011 (UTC)
I'm wondering if Wikia is making the RTE default to source mode or turning it off for pages with certain elements on it? Since Wikia is pretty awful about informing users of changes, it could be. In general the RTE is horrible, but at least it isn't re-writing wikitext wrong as much as it used to.
Wikia has been having trouble with the image handling backend servers for weeks now. I think they are slowly getting it sorted out, but slowly. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 17 Feb 2011 11:20 AM Pacific
Now another video gallery page is messed up. I had to strike out some of what I wrote above. The RTE isn't adding weird wikitext as before. That is just from short use yesterday. I already turned it off since it still has many problems. --Timeshifter 23:56, February 17, 2011 (UTC)