Continuing the discussion from Discourse is slow. Really Slow:
While Discourse isn’t that slow for me, it is slower than the other forums I’ve used (60% to 90% slower). Here are the specific loading times for a small topic without pictures:
Discourse: 2.1 seconds
Vanilla: 1.3 seconds
NodeBB: 1.2 seconds
Question2Answer: 1.3 seconds
Askbot: 1.2 seconds
StackOverflow: 1.2 seconds
I’m using a 2013 Samsung Series 9 with Windows 8, and have tried it on a few other laptops with similar results. 1.2-1.3 seconds was the norm for other forums, so Discourse stuck out a bit.
Also, I’ve read all the Discourse speed threads and much appreciate not only the work that has been done by Sam and others to make Discourse faster, but also the promise that it will be even faster as bottlenecks improve. The speed is fine for me given the feature set, but this is a slice-in-time comparison for one average user testing multiple forums (all with the same New York location Pingdom test, and somewhat similar topic sizes).