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Why is my post gone?!?

Postby Paul B » Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:37 pm


Due to server limitations and a desire to keep the forum readable, we regularly "prune" threads. Unless a message violates our rules it will remain for at least a month (see exceptions below). The older a post is, the more likely it is that it will be removed. Selected posts that show a range of ideas and views will be left in each thread. Because we desire to have a diverse range of opinion, a post that is a lot like others is more likely to be removed.

Removal of posts without contacting the poster happens for the following reasons:

The original poster of a thread asked for it to be remove.
One liner or frivolous post (often left a while unless the thread gets off track because of this).
Posts that quote other posts that have been removed for some reason.

Posts that are in the wrong section may be moved to the correct section. This also occurs for new topic brought up in an existing thread. No notification is made for these.

Note that you may always find your own posts by clicking on "View your posts" on the main page.

Posts may also be removed for violating our board rules. We try to work around having to remove messages, unless the violation is blatant. See also What does [edit] in a post mean?

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Postby Paul B » Thu Dec 06, 2007 9:44 pm

luvinher wrote:Are "server limitations" from 3.5 years ago still relevant today?

Limits are like what? Limits on mysql/php database size?

Have things possibly improved such that less pruning is needed?

Disk space is no longer an issue. OTOH, the larger the database, the more it takes to run it, and especially to search it. During busy times of the day the boards run unacceptably slow as is. The plan is to make some changes early next year to speed things up.

All that said, even if there were NO limits, we would not archive everything. We want useful and relevant data to be easy to find, and that requires removing less useful and relevant data.

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