By on June 9, 2016

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Over the last few months, the number of comments chiding TTAC’s website performance has grown and grown. Slow page loading times, browser crashes, and comments sucked into the ether seem to be the daily norm.

As Nat King Cole once sang, That Ain’t Right, and I’d like more than anything to fix the issues beleaguering the site and your experience with it.

In order to do that, I need your help.

Let’s Make TTAC Great Again.

I must make something crystal clear from the outset: the editorial team has no control over the banner ads you see.

Sometimes an advertiser will completely take over our website, including the background image and all the banners, and I learn about the media buy when you do. Those ads are fairly clean and provide no issues to the overall browsing experience.

(Thank you to the advertisers that are willing to plunk down money directly on TTAC advertising spend. We need more of you.)

However, when an advertiser isn’t spending money directly with TTAC, we switch to the ad networks to provide a steady source of income. It’s when we use those networks that we typically see issues.

Many of the issues are reported by users running the Google Chrome browser, including yours truly. I experience the same issues you all do, multiplied by the number of tabs I have open at any given time. Given the state of the web in 2016, there’s also no reason we should experience these problems.

A couple of weeks ago, we ran into a problematic ad that took up half the screen on mobile devices. As you can imagine, trying to write something on a cell phone isn’t the easiest task, so we typically don’t have first-hand experience with mobile-centric issues. But as soon as we reported the issue to our dev team, they jumped on it and resolved it within the day.

The key ingredient in fixing these issues is knowing about them first. This is where you come in.

If you are experiencing any kind of issue related to using TTAC, report it. There are numerous ways you can get in contact with me, and I’m more than happy to forward those complaints onwards. (Well, maybe not more than happy. I don’t think any of us want issues to complain about in the first place.)

So, here are your options:

  1. Send me an email: My address is [email protected]. Let me know what you’re experiencing and provide as much detail as possible, including, but not limited to, your browser, operating system, and — if you’re a proper nerd — more insight into how your computer is performing by showing us overloaded processes and memory usage.
  2. Use the contact form: You can find it here.
  3. Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook: Some people use social media. You can find me at @MarkTTAC and facebook.com/mark.stevenson.

You know what? Let’s not limit this to TTAC’s browsing experience. If you have any comments at all, feel free to share them. I’m not here solely to write things I enjoy, but to adjust how we cover our industry to the wants and needs of our audience. I want to know if we’re missing the mark.

However, there’s one thing you definitely shouldn’t do: leave messages in the comments expecting me to see them. I try to read as many comments as I can — but, let’s be honest, you’re a prolific bunch. I can’t keep up with all the comments and do all the other things TTAC requires.

Hopefully, working together, we can make TTAC a better place for everyone involved.

Thank you,
Mark

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122 Comments on “Help Me Help You, or #MakeTTACGreatAgain...”


  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Mark, I haven’t seen performance issues with the site. I’m running Google Chrome.

    Edit: Okay, maybe comments take a little while to post.

    • 0 avatar

      This comment system is going the way of the Dodo soon.

      • 0 avatar
        SomeGuy

        Oh thank god. I know Derek a long time ago got on Reddit and did an AMA and said he wasn’t a fan of the “upvote” system, so is that mindset still held here? I’d be okay with basic filters such as New posts and Old posts, and posts from TTAC staff or the Article author.

        If you look at Blizzard (video game dev) forums they have what is called “blue posts” and those are straight from the staff. If there is someway you can do something similar, that would be really helpful. Also, can we please get the ability to ignore certain users? There are some who post here that literally contribute nothing. I’m probably one of them, so that spares them the misery too.

        Also, can we please stop the autoplay videos? Or is that out of your control? Right now as I’m typing there there is a significant amount of lag due to the page loading.

        • 0 avatar
          PeriSoft

          “he wasn’t a fan of the “upvote” system”

          At the very least we need a “Seriously BTSR?” button.

          • 0 avatar
            masrapida

            Or better yet, a mute button set at the poster level. Similar to what sites like Nextdoor.com use — might make it easier to weed out the inflammatory comments and consistently see the more thoughtful ones.

          • 0 avatar
            Piston Slap Yo Mama

            If the new comment system discourages blowhards from CONTINUALLY and PERMANENTLY posting the FIRST COMMENT of haphazardly CAPITALIZED and pointlessly INFLAMMATORY sentiments often UNRELATED to the story above it then YAY.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Delete your account.

          • 0 avatar
            orenwolf

            +1 internets to you, sir.

        • 0 avatar

          We aren’t 100 percent decided on a comment system solution yet. We have a few off-the-shelf options in mind (don’t worry, they won’t be third-party services) that will allow you folks to better locate replies and allow us better control over moderation.

          I’m agnostic to up/down voting. I see value in it, but I also see how the loudest people who aren’t offering up might insight could float to the top due to sheer WTF factor.

          We even discussed merging the forum with articles so that a forum thread is linked to an article and embedded below it. This is still an option, but it also comes with other problems.

          Autoplay videos are outside of my control. However, there should be a way to make it so those videos don’t play with audio turned on. Send me an email regarding that and the scrolling issue, and I will fly it up the flagpole.

          • 0 avatar
            orenwolf

            Mark, I can’t recommend enough that you consider Discourse. You guys can host it, it has excellent integration with WordPress, and We’re already using it on another site I manage with a community *at least* as large at TTAC. It’s free for you to setup if you don’t want to pay them to host it.

            As a big fan of a better TTAC, I will even volunteer my efforts to set it up if needed. It’s SO much better than the WP builtin commenting system I can’t even.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Kyree does UI and stuff and might have recs as well on this topic.

          • 0 avatar

            @orenwolf: Can you email me the address of the site your implemented? I’d be keen to check it out.

            @CoreyDL: The look of a comment system is easily changed through CSS. We could even make the current system look better than it does now. However, that doesn’t fix many of the technical limitations we face today.

          • 0 avatar
            sgeffe

            Just please try to ensure that all prior comments aren’t lost in a transition, as there’s been good stuff over the years!

          • 0 avatar
            Flipper35

            Autoplay videos are the only reason I use an ad blocker. I don’t mind banner ads, but I can’t have my speakers muted and can’t have random videos start playing. Sorry.

            If there was a blocker for autoplay videos only I would jump on it in a heartbeat.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Now I’m very interested to hear what the new comment system will be, and if you’ve found a way to maintain the old comments without them getting wiped.

        I believe Dereck said this was the main issue before – wiping of old comments.

        • 0 avatar

          I think that might be the case if we went to a third-party provider like Disqus, etc. However, one of my requirements was that we keep our comments “in-house” and not rely on a third-party provider. That way we have more control over comment moderation and you folks aren’t required to create new user accounts with someone else.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Good good!

            I’m also in favor of a mute button as mentioned above. But I know that ultimately reduces click figures so it’s not on your best interest.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Free speech, uncensored* forever!!!

            *with exception of spambots and their “my cousin’s mother’s sister’s aunt makes $9,000 an your from her home Commodore 64 on (some Nigerian phishing site).”

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            I’m in favour of freedom of speech, within reason.

            I don’t mind how conversations move away from the article. This is a human trait. Sit down at any dinner party/BBQ and listen to the flow of conversations.

            A conversation that starts on a simple topic generally morphs into a complex conversation that is unrelated to what was originally put forward. This is healthy.

            What I don’t like is the people who I think are marketing their wares on this site.

            The problem is it’s hard to prove. I have my thoughts on who they are.

            I can tell Big Trucks comments don’t offend or Deadwights. Their comments add value.

            It’s the ones who use passive aggresive trolling. When you tell them they are fncked you become the tyrant.

      • 0 avatar
        Dingleberrypiez_Returns

        Call me crazy, but I like the comment system. Only problem I have is that it’s difficult seeing who is responding to whom on comment chains.

  • avatar
    MrGreenMan

    The site is lean and mean in Brave – sub-second load times – but, then again, until/unless you get a Brave tie-in for the advertising, that’s sort of like wrongful appropriation of your content.

    But it does mean – those ads….they are loading in the wrong spot.

    Is there some way you could look into moving the JAvaScript load order so that the ads load after it finishes everything else? It looks like the ads load before the WordPress bar along the top when signed in, and, until I get that wordpress bar, I can’t comment and the page appears frozen. For several months, I have gotten the TTAC login shuffle – hit login to reply, have that hang, sign in, then it sends me back to the same page, but some one of the ads (usually with pagesyndication in the URL) will not finish, so it won’t paint the right side column, so I cannot comment. I have to reload it three or four times for this to sort itself out.

    I appreciate the performance focus!

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    I haven’t had any problems with the site loading… because I disabled scripts in the browser years ago.

    Commenting usually works fine, unless I get stuck in the math loop and dumped out to a WordPress dashboard. I just close that tab and take another spin at the login wheel.

    • 0 avatar

      What browser do you use?

      • 0 avatar
        bumpy ii

        Firefox. I actually started using the script blocker because of a trojan in a TTAC ad long ago. It makes my entire internet experience (not just TTAC) sleeker and low-impact. There are certainly ways to advertise without code bloat; I think it comes down to many “programmers” being poorly-trained code monkeys who bang out bloatware without understanding what they’re actually doing.

  • avatar
    ...m...

    …location tracking requests when i visit from mobile safari are overly intrusive and disruptive to the loading/browsing experience…not that page loads are particularly graceful to begin with: slow, cumbersome, repetitive reloading upon clickthroughs make it very challenging to navigate reading ahead when i never know how long it’ll take the page to yank me back up to the break point again…

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Thanks Mark for taking the time for this.

    I do use Google Chrome. I’ve been encountering multiple browser crashes to the point where I was having to shut down the computer and re-boot it.

    I have tried using separate tabs when opening articles with only one article open at a time. But the original tab with TTAC would have opened TTAC multiple times, I’m talking to the point where I would go back the couple dozen or so TTAC openings until the tab could go back no further. So, the computer is spending it’s time opening TTAC continually whilst I was on another tab writing my comment.

    It seems when you log in to make a comment the whole TTAC experience falls apart even worse. This is when most often it would crash. But it would crash just opening articles and opening an article became a 15 minute event.

    The mouse cursor movements are jerky. It has become so frustrating to use.

    Yesterday I experienced the worse ever. Continually crashing.

    I fully appreciate the fact you require a revenue stream with ads to pay your way. But, it seems that there are scores of files being loaded at an extremely slow pace at times.

    Thanks again for the time.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      Mark,
      I’m no computer buff, far from it. So, I do appreciate some of the help from others on the site but it’s mostly Greek to me. I only know how to use applications, not how to fix computer problems. So, part of the problem could be my lack of knowledge on how to counter these issue effectively.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I can’t really run this site on any browser on my phone. The ads instantly cause it to lag out and the page crashes before fully loading. I never go on it on mobile for that reason.

    • 0 avatar

      Send it in an email, please.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Testing to see if website still crashes on me.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Disregard my comment, as it works now. Didn’t really see any ads either today. Before I was bombarded with them.

          • 0 avatar
            JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

            Corey, I exclusively use the mobile site since my computer is in storage, and it has gotten a lot better.

            I also recently upgraded phones, so I have autocorrect here now, lol. Its annoying at times but others when its a complicated word I’m not sure on, or using the wrong letter by accident, its a good thing Martha.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      This site is even faster on my iphone, safari browser, than on my laptop. Except it’s missing the right-column ads/info/likes, so that must be what slows laptops down. That’s even if I shrink the browser/page.

      My laptop uses Chrome with “pop-ups” and “plugins” blocked, using the “site information” in url box, left of the “www….”.

  • avatar

    The site is “friendly” since it has the same format.

    When you click on “comments” it usually scrolls up and down by itself a few times before it finally stops and the entire article and comments are visible. Been doing that for a long time.

    I use Chrome.

    The mobile app on an iPhone 6 only shows 1 article, does not scroll to more articles like on a PC, then the various ads start popping up. Obvious there is a strong effort to monetize the site with ads. While most of the readers are blocking the ads or not clicking on them.

    You are caught up in the technology conundrum, it sort of works, its a little clunky, but still works, no one is really complaining, why change/improve anything.

    In the meantime its not getting better, showing its age, the ads are not clicked on, probably having an increasingly challenging time to attract more advertisers.

    The comment section which is the lifeblood of your site is sort of clunky on a good day, and just miserable when it acts up.

    Obvious that the increase of 1 or 2 liner comments, compared to the “old days” is not enhancing/adding value to the “content” of the site. As well many comments have no relevance to the article, it becomes a “comment discussion” unrelated to the article that is being commented.

  • avatar
    twotone

    More cowbell!

  • avatar
    NickS

    I use Firefox on Android with an ad-blocker add-on, which makes viewing and commenting possible. Without an ad blocker it is a no go, so I’d only be coming here from a desktop, and even there chrome (no adblocker or noscript) is a dog.

    Full disclosure I work in high tech and while I haven’t looked into your the code it surely feels simply thrown together but not optimized. You guys integrate across many websites and someone needs to profile how big the overhead is on all of jt. I am not dissing your techies – they could be super capable and still hit a wall with some of the services you use not playing together nicely.

    It’s good tbat you have a plan B for the ad revenue aspect of the business, but maybe have a technical setup that will switch the slowest user sessions to a low- or no-ad version.

    • 0 avatar

      Nick,

      If you explain in an email that you’re a regular reader that _must use in ad blocker to visit TTAC_, which I believe is what you are suggesting, then we may get a bit more interest from the higher ups. After all, if nobody is viewing the ads anyway, what’s the point in having crappy ones that ruin the browsing experience? People wouldn’t mind the ads if they weren’t such clumsy resource hogs.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      It’s the “redirecting to another page” that causes most of the problems viewing and/or commenting on ttac.

      So I just turned-on the redirect authorization on all the browsers I use, and I have no problems with ttac or WordPress any more.

      I also turned-on the “erase history since the beginning of time when exiting browser” function to get rid of all the sch1t redirecting brings with it.

      Firefox on Windows 8.1 is better than Opera, Explorer, Chrome and iOS9.3.2 when it comes to ttac.

    • 0 avatar
      Sjalabais

      Same here. I use Firefox with Ghostery and ABP on the PC, and I’ve simply had to blacklist TTAC. So much ad noise! Another thing that really bothers me is the internal “like us on Facebook!” sort of in-screen popup. Blocks the view, ads nothing I come here for. Especially when I need to see it all the time.

      More often I visit this site using Opera on Android. There’s no adblock and load priorities and times leave no doubt it is the ads that slow the site down; massively. Then there are those that block the screen, move with it, blink and generally are bothersome. I don’t click on those on pure principle anyway.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        Safari on iOS 9.3.2 is great, just without the right-hand column, as someone previously remarked. I do run ABP full-out.

        I also run this site on a Windows 7 Professional 64-bit laptop, again with ABP, running IE 11 as the browser. It runs the site well enough until I open several tabs, which in some cases pegs my CPU, especially if I hibernate, then wake, the PC.

      • 0 avatar
        ect

        I also use Firefox with Ghostery and ABP on a PC, and don’t have any problems at all. The site loads as quickly as any other, and flipping pages s not an issue.

        FWIW, my experience with TTAC is a good one.

      • 0 avatar

        Please tell me about your experience in an email and I’ll make sure to forward it.

  • avatar
    brandloyalty

    Out of all the websites I look at, TTAC is the one that stresses my old P4 Pentium the most. I’ve gotten used to simply using the browser’s tab X button to stop the TTAC pages loading once the content and comments show up on my screen.

    Prolific commenters, a subset of whom see themselves as unauthorized gatekeepers (for whom no content or comment may pass without their approval or comment), plague nearly every online discussion forum. Moderation can control this on less active sites by not tolerating any level of abuse. There may also be merit for a rule that no user name can embed the url or name of an online interest being promoted by a user.

    I don’t like visible post counts or up/down rating systems on comments because they result in insecure posters using them to glorify themselves, or to pile on those with less popular views.

    An ignore button might be nice to have, but the problem is that the posts of the one ignored then seem to stand without opposition. Perhaps ignore buttons would work best if they come with a threat that anyone reaching a certain threshold of being ignored, is temporarily banned.

    • 0 avatar

      I’ve been toying with the idea of promoting a couple of level-headed commenters to act as moderators for the community. I’d take a more active role in comments if I could, but I simply don’t have the time to do that.

      If anyone would like to volunteer, email me.

  • avatar
    JK43123

    I’m on cable modem, Win10 and Firefox and it always works fine for me.

  • avatar
    Alfisti

    Biggest issue is with comments, it’s so laborious. it never remembers my credentials so i have to log in manually (latest version of Chrome) and the need to scroll allllllll the way down to login then when it comes back it puts at the top again then you need to scroall alllll the way down to comment.

    Infuriating.

    In a nutshell, i would avoid fixing anything and just napalm and start fresh, going to save you a ton of heartache.

  • avatar
    readallover

    If you do only one thing: Get rid of the G-D, M-Fing `Like TTAC on Facebook` popup that is impossible to kill.

    • 0 avatar
      Sjalabais

      +1!

    • 0 avatar
      srh

      ^^^ LIKE

    • 0 avatar

      I never see this popup. Or any popup for that matter. I run Firefox v47 on a Windows box with the Adblock Plus add-on. Site seems quick enough to me.

      I don’t mind advertising. I often click on advertising but I will not EVER be annoyed into clicking on an ad. And I don’t intend ever to be held up waiting for third party items to load either. I add every one of those into Windows Internet security blocked sites listing when Adblock Plus fails to catch one. And if both avenues fail I’ll add the domain to Windows host file and point it at the Windows localhost loopback. A microsecond thru the loop and I’m moving right on.

      Google will never ever provide a mechanism to prevent all ads in Chrome because it’s not in their best interest. Microsoft either. They both sell ads and ad results.

      I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I run Firefox and Adblock Plus on my iPhone and iPad. I don’t have problems with TTAC with that combo either.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      Amen to the Facebook nag. I only get it when using my iPhone, but it’s every. damn. time.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, I want to kill the Facebook overlay with fire. Please send your comments by email so I can forward them on.

  • avatar
    IAhawkeye

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who experienced the half page ads on mobile a few weeks ago, I’m glad you guys solved that issue quickly!

    On my iPhone 6S(which is how I primarily view/comment) this site honestly runs just fine.. it’s definitely not made for mobile from the get-go like some sites, but I really don’t have an issue.

    As for the comments section.. idk I have mixed feelings, it’s definitely older but it still does its job. I like how clean and simple the comments are with the just your name, picture, text, and reply button. The bad side is it can be hard to tell where in the chain your commenting on. They can take awhile to load too. The biggest thing would be keeping the old comments. I like to read old articles and car reviews sometimes when I’m bored, and keeping those old comments on those would be nice. The commenters can be pretty insightful sometimes, and super funny too, so it’s nice being able to go back and see what their thoughts were on something.

    • 0 avatar

      The website will receive a redesign this year, and it will be much more mobile friendly.

      As for the commenting system, I want to retain all the good qualities and get rid of the bad. Ditching historical comments is not an option.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    I liked the IntenseDebate system they used at Hooniverse, but then it crated, taking all the comments with it. They’re on Disqus now. An in-house solution would be best. The worst? Facebook.

  • avatar

    I think the comment system is just fine. I just wish the articles were more compelling. Lol.

  • avatar

    The only problem that I’ve noticed and I think it’s only happened with Chrome and not Pale Moon, is that some of my comments appear immediately after posting and then disappear later. Makes me think that I’m losing my mind.

  • avatar
    philipwitak

    re: “#MakeTTACGreatAgain”

    just wish to clarify one thing: is this effort in any way related to donald [the rump] T.RUMP and his current, similar-sounding ‘make AMERICA great again’ campaign??

    i just gotta know…

    • 0 avatar

      Yes – it absolutely is

    • 0 avatar
      Jagboi

      “Stop pre-shredded cheese! Make America grate again…”

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Jagboi,
        I do like using shredded cheese when cooking. In Australia we don’t have enough shredded cheese. Mainly cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan and what is called pizza cheese (that’s what I thought mozzarella was for??).

        I would like Swiss grated or shredded for the french onion soup I make. It’s hard to find in the US, but impossible here. France has the best range of fromage, shredded or otherwise. Compti is the best cheese, in the same family as Swiss, but without the holes and far better tasting.

        I don’t like what you guys call American Cheese. We call that stuff plastic cheese. Real American cheese is Colby, as in Colby Wisconsin.

        We don’t have Provolone readily available either. We eat lots of cheddar, real cheddar, not processed crap and Dutch cheeses, ie, Gouda, Edam, Havarti, etc. We also have some French, Danish, Norwegian and Greek cheeses.

        Cheese is very cheap here starting at around $4.50 USD for one kilogram of nice cheddar.

        So, this is my cheesy, unrelated inclusion in this article.

    • 0 avatar

      Absolutely. I am no Trumpian, but that tagline is gold.

    • 0 avatar
      Sjalabais

      Yay.
      http://s26.postimg.org/9c2cd3nc9/Screenshot_2016_06_10_17_10_35.jpg

  • avatar
    brn

    This site is one of the most tolerable automotive sites on the net, both from a technical and from an “attitude” perspective. Yea, it’s a little crude technically, but it’s straightforward and it works well. The fancier sites are pretty, but less usable.

    That being said, we expect some trolls as commentors, but not as article authors. Bark needs to shape up or ship out. He tries too hard to stir things up.

    • 0 avatar

      How so? I think you need to light off a firecracker in the room every now and then to get the conversation started. Bark does that, and he does it well.

      • 0 avatar
        bumpy ii

        There is a difference between setting off a firecracker, and lighting off stinkbombs. I don’t know about Bark (since I’ve never read anything of his), but his brother has done nothing but the latter since he became a full-time SIW.

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    “Truth About Cars” has a pretty NA view of the Automotive world. Contrary to what was posted on TTAC, VW was not imploding, Diesels are commonplace everywhere outside NA, they like Wagons and Hatchbacks outside NA.
    What has this got to do with TTAC articles?What is happening outside NA is having a major impact on NA

    Would it be possible to try and get more non NA writers?

    • 0 avatar

      Outside of North America, we have Vojta in Czech Republic. I’d be interested in taking on an Aussie or British writer. However, you need to remember that 85 percent of TTAC’s audience is American. Another 10 percent is Canadian. The remaining 5 percent is the rest of the world.

      • 0 avatar
        jhefner

        What happened to Matt and his trek down through the Americas? Did we lose him in Death Valley?

        What happened also to our writer in Brazil? I enjoyed his articles very much, and miss seeing them.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        “I’d be interested in taking on an Aussie or British writer.”

        I know an Ozzie who writes like the world ran out of loperamide!

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        @Mark Stevenson,
        You can contact anyone on these three portals, if they have any stories they want to share. A lot of stories do not appear in NA news blogs
        http://www.caradvice.com.au
        http://www.goauto.com.au
        http://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/news/

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Mark,
        If you only have hamburgers on the menu, not many will come to buy hot dogs.

        The same can be said for the commenters here at TTAC. This is one of the better mediums for attracting “foreigners” and introducing them to NA products.

        I’d be prepared to write articles, but not many. I can hear the moaning in the background by my fans. A few a year of so. Oddly enough it will be on the vehicles I hire/rent in the EU, Asia and US mainly, with some off road stories, with some good photos.

        If you are worried about my grammar, don’t be. I used to write reference material, assessments and my last stint was to validate course ware prior to publishing and sending of to contractors! Believe it or not!

        I just had a bar appear at the top of my screen; The text displayed is;

        “Shockwave Flash has crashed” with a Reload button. So I’ll do what I normally do, copy this, shutdown and start from scratch.

        TTAC has become unstable again.

        Sh#t!!

        • 0 avatar

          Al,

          There’s more margin in hamburgers and none in hot dogs right now. We do post some international content now and then, but it typically doesn’t do well.

          That said, it’s not that I’m unwilling to explore the possibility of more international content, especially when we get a redesign and have the ability to push more content in the run of a day. For now, though, the returns on it are just too low.

          ““Shockwave Flash has crashed” with a Reload button. So I’ll do what I normally do, copy this, shutdown and start from scratch.

          TTAC has become unstable again.

          Sh#t!!”

          Same thing just happened to me.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          Al,

          there’s nothing interesting about the Australian market anymore. The “home” manufacturers (Ford AU and Holden) are closing up shop soon, so Australia is going to be getting whatever Europe and China send there.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            No, they are producing Australian only or heavily Australian influenced products. NA could be the big problem, it seems to be getting models that have been released sometime ago. Europe is definitely steaming along. Look at all the Automotive Portals and the sheer number of European releases
            http://www.caradvice.com.au/448298/ancap-to-test-cars-for-europe-from-2018/
            US vehicles of the limited number being imported are fading. European, Japanese and Korean are having major impacts
            Similarly to what they are doing in NA generally

  • avatar
    ShoogyBee

    TTAC was one of several sites that would bog down my Windows 7 computer, until I disabled Flash – or at least set it to run on-demand rather than automatically. That pretty much did the trick for me, so I would suggest that some of you try it.

  • avatar
    Jimal

    I”ve been on TTAC on and off for years and years and years. During that time the interface, which wasn’t exactly fresh when I started here, hasn’t changed once that I can remember. It is still archaic. It is hard to follow conversations and you can’t do simple things like post links or images.

    That to me is the main reason why this site hasn’t really grown. Perhaps readership has, but the “best and brightest” is still a small, core group of cranks (I include myself as a crank).

  • avatar
    Juniper

    This site works fine on Safari on my old Mac Laptop.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    I don’t mind if you fill the sides with ads, as long as they are SILENT. And photos aren’t there so that they can be obscured with mini-banners. Since that is apparently too much to ask, you may as well include a link to Adblock.

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    Land Ark

    I’m running Firefox on Windows 7 on both my home machine and my work laptop.
    Both have the most up to date Firefox (or so it tells me even though I shouldn’t be able to update it at work apparently).

    I have not seen any issues with performance other than a pop-over telling me to like TTAC on Facebook. I’m not on FB so I could never get it to stop popping up. So eventually I had to disallow the TTAC script. I’ve obviously had to start allowing it when I want to reply to folks and I haven’t seen it in a while.

    The site loads normally and I don’t see any lag posting comments.

    I do have scripts mostly disabled and ad-block. I feel bad on sites like this because this is the real deal and not some ad-bot aggregator site. But you all use some of the same delivery methods as the bad ones so they are globally blocked.
    Right now I see no ads on my screen. I’d be happy to have them as long as they aren’t aggressive and they could be delivered in such a way that I’m not accosted when I visit another site allowing them here.

    I’m really happy with the experience here – I’m glad you generally get something new up on the hour throughout my work day. I might not read every story, but I can look at the purdy pitchers.

    (I just sent this as a contact form)

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    Zackman

    The only thing I hate about TTAC is when anything from “The Simpsons” is used to headline an article. I hate, hate, HATE “The Simpsons” and everything about them.

    Thank you.

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      Well, that makes two of us, anyway.

      The Simpsons to me has been a distillation of everything smug, predictable and PC line-toeing about core-Boomer moral lecturing and self-bedazzling “wit”.

      It’s as if Al Franken had gone into cartooning.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

      Thus proving “You can never please everyone.”

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    Stumpaster

    Please turn off the annoying pop up banner requesting us to Like your page on Facebook. Never did, never will, can’t get rid of the banner popping up and blocking the entire page. That’s obnoxious.

  • avatar
    notapreppie

    It’s simple, I block ads. Aside from the obnoxious aesthetic repugnance of pop-ups, pop-unders, full screen multimedia audio-visual extravaganzas, they’re incredibly insecure.

    I used to work in IT and I’m still fairly socially active in the InfoSec community. I know that one of the most sneaky, underhanded and EFFECTIVE methods for getting malware onto a computer is through malicious advertising. It doesn’t just happen on sites of a socially questionable nature. It happens on Yahoo! and Cars.com.

    (Would you like to know more? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvertising )

    Because of this, I use an ad block extension on all of my browsers and I don’t whitelist any sites except those that don’t advertise (because sometimes the ad block extensions get a little overzealous).

    Until the ad networks, content delivery networks and software engineers get more security minded (seriously, to hell with Flash and Java… those things are awful), I will keep doing this. If a site has an “anti-adblock” script that blocks me, I stop visiting that site.

    I understand that website operators need to pay for costs and I hope they understand that I’m not willing to open myself up to the risks they represent.

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    Sjalabais

    Here’s a screenshot of how TTAC looks right now, in Opera for Android.
    http://s26.postimg.org/om27kaiuh/Screenshot_2016_06_10_17_03_54.jpg

    There are two ads in the screen, and both are ‘moving images’. I’d favour one (1) that is static and in accordance with ad guidelines.

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    Fred

    Here at work with FF 45.2.0 and W7 some of your advertising scripts will overwork my PC and sometimes it crashes. At home I have the newest FF (just updated last night) on Linux, and it will tax my older Dell laptop but it won’t crash. I haven’t been able to post to the forums in quiet some time, I click on icon but it just sits there. I run the Flashblock addon only. I often have Feedly and gmail running is seperate tabs and sometimes more.

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    brandloyalty

    Images coming to comments? So we’ll have to put up with the stupid memes millennials use in place of useful prose?

    • 0 avatar
      Sjalabais

      Millenials have had to put up with useful prose long enough.

      /Don’t judge a change before you’ve tried! :)

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Ah, so it is these Mee-Len-Ee-Ahls I have to blame for no more 4X3 aspect matte laptop screens or desktop monitors? Why must their succumbing to a preliterate show-me-pikchurs devolution be accommodated?

  • avatar
    wstarvingteacher

    Have been following the site for years. Like it better now than prior regimes.

    I lurk a lot but seldom comment anymore due to a problem that renders communication increasingly more difficult. I miss the opportunity to subscribe without commenting.

    Keep up the good work.

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