A number of people were talking about difficulties getting into Gather. I emailed Chuck at Gather support and he said that they are aware of the issue. Could be that highly viewed articles from the Skyword side are causing the difficulty. That makes sense, since there are a lot of articles on the NEWS channel side and they all (mostly) have a large number of views.
If that is the case, a larger server would probably fix the problem.
People were talking about: uploading images, creating articles, selecting groups or in getting into Gather at all. The 'server timed out' issue is recurrent and that is what I had emailed Chuck about.
Once you are into Gather, if you have problems posting articles:
1. You update your browsers when requested. Firefox and Chrome are the best. If Firefox is slow, switch to Chrome and use that browser.
2. Make sure you update your computer system regularly when requested.
3. Make sure you update your Java when requested. These are all important for normal computer functioning.
Updating these things is like brushing your teeth and flossing. Not that you have to do these daily, but if you don't, gunk gets in your system and you will be sorry. :)
4. Make sure you have a fast system. DSL, FIOS or XFinity is best. Satellite can be beyotchy, depending on the weather. If your computer is about 5 years old, it is likely to not work as well as a computer that is 2 years or newer.
Sometimes my Firefox is so slow regarding images (the box add photos never changes from gray to orange) so then I use Chrome. 2 years ago, when Skyword first started, I had difficulty uploading photos, because the system would switch to 'add photos to an album' or would go back to some previous step. If this happens, WAIT about 30 seconds to 2 minutes after you ADD the photos BEFORE the next step. It means either the server is slow or that the communication between the server and your system is slow. Could be partly the server and partly your system.
Best to take things slowly. As I say, I have not had trouble recently, but I did have trouble in December 2010 when a lot of people were getting a message 'add photos to album' when they were trying to upload a photo.
My creds: I've been covering technology for a few decades and currently write about technology and edit tech articles.
Note that Windows XP will no longer be receiving support from Microsoft or from Firefox in the near future. If you have an XP computer (our desktop is XP), you need to read up on how to migrate your system to a newer OS, or backup everything on an external hard drive and use newer computers.