Is SI really trying to kill Fannation? Seems like it, doesn't it?
I have a new computer. I have the fastest internet access available. I use Google Chrome as a browser which is supposed to speed up internet access by stripping away all the extra junk that slows things down.
And still I have problem after problem trying to access and use Fannation.
Because SI is trying to leverage my use of this website as much as possible to make money and to show off its wares. How many videos are trying to run on this page even as I'm writing this? Two? Three? Four? How many flash scripts? What else?
And it's worse because, to get to the point where I can read or post a blog, I have to navigate through three levels of pages, all of which automatically start running all that stuff as soon as I reach them. I have to stop all the videos from playing on every one of those pages just to get reasonable performance from the site.
And the site so badly overloads me that, when I come to press "Publish" at the bottom of the page, more often than not the program freezes, forcing me to block and copy my entry, exit completely from my browser and start again.
I enjoy Fannation a lot. I like reading what you folks write and I like knowing that you're getting a chance to read what I write. I like finding out what's happening and seeing how popular some stories are. I like the comment functions and I enjoy just feeling like I'm a part of the sports community.
But a lot of that good will I'm feeling is slowly being replaced by frustration. I feel like, even as I'm getting angry at how poorly this site runs, so are so many other people who might just be giving up and moving elsewhere. That's no fun. That undermines the purpose.
SI and their web team need to figure out a decent balance between the performance of this website and their ability to take advantage of the fact that it can be popular with fans and, therefore, a good market to exploit commercially. They need to realise that videos eat bandwidth and sap performance. They need to deal with the source sites that slow down the delivery of content to Fannation. They need to make sure that we actually continue to enjoy coming here.
Because, if they don't do some rebalancing soon, they're going to kill what's left of the golden goose and lose all of Fannation's committed participants.