My computer seems to be having a lot of trouble navigating Vice websites. On a typical page, there’s a 1-2 second delay between any input (arrow keys or scroll wheel) and a corresponding movement of the page. The delay is compounded by the fact that inputs within that delay period often get lost, so it’s not just lag, but more of a temporary freeze every time I try to scroll. This can make reading even short articles a pain (and to be clear, this seems to be an issue for me on all Vice sites, not just Waypoint).
I know my computer is way below average compared to most of the gaming rigs used by this community, but I feel like I shouldn’t need a gaming PC at all to read articles (and my cheap Android phone doesn’t have problems with the site). I suspect that the issue has something to do with analytics being done to track engagement with articles. I’ve tried using the website with both Firefox and Chrome and they both have this problem. In Firefox’s privacy mode, articles don’t even load, which is interesting. I don’t mind Vice tracking engagement in principle, but whatever scripts are running are wrecking the desktop site for me.