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    This always seems to be a dodgy issue. I always assumed pressing refresh really quickly( ie holding teh F5 key down) doesn't affect the server greatly, as sometimes a connection isn't even made. However, I was on a messageboard and my F5 key got jammed! took me a while to find a screwdriver and prise it back up again, but by that time, the number of views for that topic had reached 3000 and something. I tried it on another site ( for less than a minute) and I noticed it had nearly no effect..it went up by about 8. I'm assuming it's do do with the badnwidth of the site and server in question, but since I have no way of visiting the site from two different locations at the same time, I can't tell if it gets slowed down.
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    It seems to on this site, especially if you've alreay got a server busy message - it's better not to press refresh.
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    (Original post by Spider)
    This always seems to be a dodgy issue. I always assumed pressing refresh really quickly( ie holding teh F5 key down) doesn't affect the server greatly, as sometimes a connection isn't even made. However, I was on a messageboard and my F5 key got jammed! took me a while to find a screwdriver and prise it back up again, but by that time, the number of views for that topic had reached 3000 and something. I tried it on another site ( for less than a minute) and I noticed it had nearly no effect..it went up by about 8. I'm assuming it's do do with the badnwidth of the site and server in question, but since I have no way of visiting the site from two different locations at the same time, I can't tell if it gets slowed down.
    whats wrong with pressin refresh once?
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    Everytime you refresh your questing that packets are sent from the server to your PC. If enough people refresh then this can put severe load onto the server. On a database driven site like this there is a bit of processing power involved as well to get the correct records out of the database.

    So refreshing:

    1)Uses bandwidth
    2)Drains the processing power of the server
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    Thanks for the computing lesson, once again
 
 
 
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