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Old 04-16-2005, 08:19 PM   #1
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Question An error occurred while loading... Timeout on server

An error occurred while loading

Timeout on server
Connection was to at port 80
The last time I saw a message like this is when you guys deleted like 40 of my posts. But now I notice this only comes up when I'm clicking on the 0 Reply Thread. Did the server go down or are you trying to discourage me from doing my research and answering questions that the front news brief from asks us registered users to do which I might add doesn't say what to answer and in what order?

EDIT: It happed again.
An error occurred while loading

Timeout on server
Connection was to at port 80

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Old 04-17-2005, 06:20 AM   #2
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The server appears to have been up for a long time so that isn't an issue. It is most likely that there is a network issue between you and the site that is outwith the control of LQ.
Old 04-17-2005, 07:00 AM   #3
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Not exactly helpful, but it's something:

Working OK from my end...

Old 04-17-2005, 08:25 AM   #4
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No problems on my end... next time it happens, do the usual routine troubleshooting any person familiar with computers and networks knows how to do..
Old 04-17-2005, 08:47 AM   #5
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Just tried it myself and it works and was able to answer some one in the Mandriva ( I hate that new name ) forum.

must be a conspiracy - you know area 51, ufo's, that sort of thing .....

Old 04-17-2005, 09:12 AM   #6
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Just for the record, we're not trying to "discourage" you from doing anything. FWIW, the search server does become overloaded at times, but it's rare that it would take so long for a request that a browser would time out. We're working on that situation and should have it rectified soon(ish).

Old 04-17-2005, 11:07 AM   #7
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I still don't understand why the posts were deleted. I was only following the instructions on the "please help" messages on the front of

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By jeremy
on Wed 16 Mar 2005, 2:20 PM

As you probably know, we recently had a nice push on cutting down on the number of 0 reply threads. That push is something I'd like to see continue indefinitely. Seeing how well that worked however, it might not be bad to have a single short term initiative from time to time that focuses on different parts of the site. This blog entry details what I'd like the first short term initiative to be. Let's see how fast we can get the LQ Wiki to 3,000 legitimate articles. Participating in the LQ Wiki is extremely easy and allows you to help us build the largest general Linux knowledgebase on the web. If you'd like to help but don't know where to start, here is a list of Most Wanted Pages. Thanks!

6 Comments Last comment was by jeremy
What's in red is what I concentrated on... jeremy's posts because there's alot of them that are unanswered. I also went for news items, faq's and posts that had question without enough information to answer them. Why? Because even my questions to a post that will never answer is a learning experience for people who read them. My questions supply a template of what people should have in their posts for us who answer to make a quicker and more accurate fix reply.

A message was sent to me after they were deleted. A message which I deleted without reading because it's was obvious what had transpired. Maybe that moderator didn't read the message above carefully enough. The two quotes don't say to answer only the new ones. I thought perhaps the management team here at could help us people out who are trying to answer the questions in the zero reply thread, etc., etc. I fail to understand WHY moving locked zero reply nothings to a dead-zone is so difficult to understand or hard to do. Or the Security news and the things titled "years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004" by you jeremy and so on. What's the harm of making the pages go down from the present 1068 to * by moving all things that don't and can't have a response elsewhere?

Tried the Zero Posts search?

By acid_kewpie
on Tue 1 Mar 2005, 2:38 PM

Hey LQ fans,

Just a reminder to all the members who like getting stuck into a problem. You can instantly hit a search of all threads which have not yet recieved any response. It'd be great to be able to see the number of pages freeze in it's steps with all the avid members of having a bash at a thread that they might otherwise have not answered. Answering zero reply threads can be a great way to learn about new parts of linux. Instead of reading a post and maybe thinking "I don't know anything about that." and moving on, if the question seems reasonable, it can be good to take the initiative to do a little research. Not just to help someone else out, but to increase your own knowledge of something you'd not touched before.

Go on, give it a go! let's keep 1100 pages of unanswered posts firmly at bay for a long time!

[blimey... my time in boston turned me all american and cheesy... ]
67 Comments Last comment was by aus9
I see those posts for help with the 0 Reply Thread every day I come here and it bothers me that looks bad because of so many unreplied posts in that thread that doesn't need to be there. Many posts by moderators and admin's that are so old they don't mean anything anymore. The only thing they represent is a false record of how many people have not been answered over the years here. Or am I wrong with the definition of "reply"?

0 Reply Threads versus News Items

Are the news items questions?


That means you want us to answer them until there are no more or the pages drop to the lowest number possible. Which is impossible with locked threads and news items you want in there that cannot and will not be answered because you will delete the posts of anyone who does answer them because they require no answer and thus are not a 'no reply thread'.
Old 04-17-2005, 11:26 AM   #8
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It's a technical issue. Happens occasionally and then fixes itself.

Searching huge databases especially is server-unfriendly.
Old 04-17-2005, 02:36 PM   #9
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Originally posted by t3gah
A message was sent to me after they were deleted. A message which I deleted without reading because it's was obvious what had transpired.
Perhaps next time you should read your email which I do believe was from the Site Admin and Owner in why he deleted some of your posts and the explanation of the 0 Replies on the frontpage.. we've told you several times before in what our goal of replying to 0 replied threads is. Again, its not to revive 4 year old threads or threads from several years ago just to get them off the 0 replies search lists. Just because has threads that have 0 replies from a month or even longer ago doesn't mean we look bad, as its just a personal goal and stat to try and answer as many as possible from the date Jeremy made the frontpage article, to boost the number of members replying to threads from that day on, not from 4 years past.

I feel like we keep repeating ourselves, lets make this the last time please, I feel we've explained this way too often just for your own sake.


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