This post is a followup to an earlier post titled: Important Information for Participating Online. I’ve recorded this as a video in the event that you have an easier time seeing the Program page in action. So have a watch if you have any questions, and if you’re not seeing the latest, greatest schedules, don’t forget the hard reload of your Program page described here.
One of the things that many websites do to improve performance is caching. This means that the information to download can be stored either in some third party proxy somewhere on the internet to save download time, or else, when the page is downloaded, the server gives instructions to your browser to save a copy and not bother the server for something fresh for a certain period of time. While this can improve your load times and save on server bandwidth, it can also mean that if a page like the Program is updated frequently you won’t see the latest version. Some browsers like Chrome also cache more aggressively than others (Firefox) and have to be cajoled into fetching a new page.
Since our Program page (found in the nav menu at the upper right) is updated daily with links to documents, videos, and sometimes corrections, this can be an issue for us. For our part, we turned off our server caching for program related pages and scripts at the end of last week. So if you haven’t been engaging much in GCMAS2022, you probably won’t notice this problem.
But if you have been visiting frequently prior to the end of last week, your cache is probably old and you won’t see the new material until your cache expires or unless you take certain steps. You can do a hard refresh on the page by pushing a key combination. These are summarized below by operating system (Windows on the left, and Mac on the right) and by common browsers.
The good news is that once you’ve done that, given the updated server settings, you should be good to go. If you suspect you’re missing something, here or elsewhere, don’t forget the hard reload tip!