What is the Discourse team’s approach to how quickly Discourse loads?
The spark for the discussion is that Google will be using site speed as a ranking factor for mobile searches starting in July - Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Using page speed in mobile search ranking.
Their take is based on a variety of studies. E.g., The current benchmarks:
That’s far too slow when you consider that 53% of mobile site visits leave a page that takes longer than three seconds to load.2
For instance, meta itself is ranked ‘slow/medium’ for page speed and optimization on mobile devices at Google’s developer tool:
At the same tool, but with data from the Chrome User Experience Report: