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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Safety Goggles Recommended

We have noticed that Humzoo has been kinda slow lately. So we did what any good friend would do - we took Humzoo in for his annual checkup. After a couple shots and a look under the hood (turn your head and cough please), our friend was as good as new.

humzooYou should notice that several pages load much faster than before, such as the community section (especially the comments page), user front pages, photo archive pages and the account page. These changes brought speed improvements of up to 800% faster page loads in some cases. That's faster than cupcakes disappear at a six-year-old's birthday party!

The main problem is not a bad one. Humzoo has gotten so big that our database is bursting at the seams. Some of our code has been around for a long time and just doesn't perform well with such a massive database. We had to learn some new ways to do things, which is best for us and best for Humzoo.

The main culprit of the slow-down was the comments database. While we were in there, some interesting data fell onto the floor. We scooped it up and brought it back to share with you. The graph above shows the most frequent commenters over the past couple of years. If you know one of these commenters, pat them on the back. Then kindly remove their internet access for a little while so everyone else can catch up.

But wait... there's more!
humzooWe're happy to have two new themes available now. Both themes are completely new for Humzoo and can be used as a full theme or as individual building blocks if you prefer to create your own style. You can find these in the Style Editor, which you can access by clicking Account at the top of the page (then select the Style tab).


24 Comments
shaa333
WOW!!!!!! LGrant comments A LOT!
Sarah G.   Thursday, March 18, 2010
k8day
LGrant we love you! Does she get a blue ribbon on her page for winning this contest? I hope she doesn't shy away from continuing to comment, she makes my day with the things she says!

I see Grandma Heinzel on there too! Charlotte and I think she is tops in our book!
K8Day   Thursday, March 18, 2010
lgrant
Never win a contest--guess it's about time I won something on Humzoo. Obviously I spend way too much time on the internet. :)
LGrant   Thursday, March 18, 2010
billpearch
I knew LGrant commented a lot, but that graph speaks volumes!
Bill Pearch   Thursday, March 18, 2010
shaa333
Me too, LGrant. Just not always on Humzoo. So many websites! Shiny screen! Pretty Apple!!!
Sarah G.   Thursday, March 18, 2010
spike
Dang! I came in 10th.
Spike   Thursday, March 18, 2010
GoodNews
I think it's a testament to how nice and friendly LGrant is!
Good News   Thursday, March 18, 2010
igna83
Go Linda, GO!!!
Angi   Thursday, March 18, 2010
lgrant
I think it is a testament to how big of a mouth LGrant has. In my company they do a report called "Top Talkers". It isn't an honorary designation. :) I've received my wake-up call and will curb my tendency to comment to every comment on Humzoo.

I will argue I have NEVER commented on Paul's site--that should be a plus. :)
LGrant   Thursday, March 18, 2010
stevenheinzel
Thank you, K8Day and Charlotte!! And you know I love you too!!! I haven't been able to comment lately because we lost our computer connection and are STILL waiting on the wireless router to get here. Supposed to be today but I'll believe it when I see it!! Can't wait to get back to Humzoo!!

Linda, please don't stop commenting! We all love your insightful, thoughtful and very clever comments!!

--Nancy
stheinz   Thursday, March 18, 2010
dazedpink
I agree...Linda, don't you dare stop commenting! You are one of the reasons I love it here so much.
Jules   Thursday, March 18, 2010
RAGrise
When LGrant is gone, be it during the day at work or away for days, it just isn't the same around here. You are a vital part of this family, as K8 so endearingly put it on my page, and we don't wanna lose your insight.

I was shocked to see my name on there as well. A little embarrassed. This is proof that my carpet is not vacuumed, the dishes don't get done, and that I need to get out of the house!
Richie & Ashley   Thursday, March 18, 2010
ppike
LGrant, we love you.

D&D, I did notice it was taking quite awhile to load pages and Wow Gee Wiz, you sure did fix it! Congrats on the success and thanks for the new works!
pegi   Thursday, March 18, 2010
reera
No comment.....
dannie   Thursday, March 18, 2010
girlcarew
LGrant, please don't stop commenting!!!!
girlcarew   Thursday, March 18, 2010
RAGrise
As much as we all "talk" here, I can only imagine what it would be like if you got us all in one place together?! LOL It'd be dangerous!
Richie & Ashley   Thursday, March 18, 2010
Ames
You can't stop commenting, LGrant. We all enjoy hearing from you too much for you to go away. The thing I'm taking away from this chart is that I need to start letting people know how much I enjoyed their latest picture or amusing blog instead of lurking so much.
Ames   Thursday, March 18, 2010
_DELETED_homerjpickles
If I leave a comment here, will my name be on the wheel next time?
fred   Saturday, March 20, 2010
_DELETED_homerjpickles
Or do I need to leave more than just one comment?
fred   Saturday, March 20, 2010
_DELETED_homerjpickles
Sorry, I cannot resist an opportunity to be a smarta$s. Meanwhile, I would agree with other above comments that the feedback from those of you that comment the most is actually appreciated. :)
fred   Saturday, March 20, 2010
shaa333
Linda will always comment a lot because she is loyal to this site and this site seems to be very addicting.
Sarah G.   Monday, April 5, 2010
_DELETED_TheInsideStory
You must like to comment if you can do it more than Dave!!!
The Inside Story   Monday, April 5, 2010
JimTheLimey
one wierd thing Ive noticed, when you start a new blurb, when you click to post it, it takes you back to the previous blurb you posted.. if that makes sense.

maybe its just me.
JimTheLimey   Tuesday, April 13, 2010
GoodNews
Denny/Dave
If I delete my account, is the content retrievable later?
Good News   Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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