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12:14 AM - Friday the 11th of February, 2011 - by dark52
It seems the forum is getting a bit bloated, to combat this I am having to make some policy changes to the way older posts are handled. From now on, in the off topic section, older topics will be deleted instead of locked and all topics forum wide will be limited to 2500 posts. Apologies if this has suddenly closed your topic.

I will also be bringing in a storage cap to the private message system and a cap on the number of guestbook posts that can be kept, but that will take a little longer to implement.
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#1 pony_girl24 00:20:37 11/02/2011
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Uh oh.....Well,it does make sense.....
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#2 Cynder_fan 01:04:55 11/02/2011
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that explains it... but it's also really annoying they way it goes from being open to closed, especially in RP's.
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#3 pony_girl24 01:18:48 11/02/2011
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Yeah, that means alot of continuences, sequals, trilogy, sagas, and the whole nine yards. smilie
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#4 CAV 01:23:57 11/02/2011
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While I get the point as to why you are doing this, I agree with pony_girl above me. With this, more topics will be made once the limit of the old one is exceeded. I'm afraid to see how many "Currently Listening To" topics will be made by the time we hit 2013. I'mma guess about 15.
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#5 pony_girl24 01:30:40 11/02/2011
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Thank you, that also means, more 'Rate the person's avatar(or signature) above you', 'get to the top of that page', and more. The same with the 'All purpose Pokemon', 'Kingdom Hearts/Final Fantasy', also people are gonna be freaking out because they really don't pay attention to this area sometimes.
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#6 darkfurydragon 02:17:54 11/02/2011
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Quote: pony_girl24
Yeah, that means alot of continuences, sequals, trilogy, sagas, and the whole nine yards. smilie



Exactly. Its a bit inconvinient for roleplays, and longer popular topics.

IMO 5000 posts would have been better for a limit...
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#7 Cynder_fan 02:21:25 11/02/2011
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Quote: darkfurydragon
Quote: pony_girl24
Yeah, that means alot of continuences, sequals, trilogy, sagas, and the whole nine yards. smilie



Exactly. Its a bit inconvinient for roleplays, and longer popular topics.

IMO 5000 posts would have been better for a limit...


This. Also it means that if oyu have old stories you wanna keep hold of, you better back them up now or they will go.

EDIT: Like my older ones which were needed for a database.......****.....
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#8 darkfurydragon 02:40:08 11/02/2011
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You lost needed topics?

I noticed the rp section went from 40 pages to 6
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#9 Dark_Spyro999 02:41:18 11/02/2011
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Quote: Cynder_fan
Quote: darkfurydragon
Quote: pony_girl24
Yeah, that means alot of continuences, sequals, trilogy, sagas, and the whole nine yards. smilie



Exactly. Its a bit inconvinient for roleplays, and longer popular topics.

IMO 5000 posts would have been better for a limit...


This. Also it means that if oyu have old stories you wanna keep hold of, you better back them up now or they will go.

EDIT: Like my older ones which were needed for a database.......****.....



Oh dang. *skedaddles to my Zim fanfics*
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#10 Cynder_fan 02:50:39 11/02/2011
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Quote: darkfurydragon
You lost needed topics?

I noticed the rp section went from 40 pages to 6


Yes... Now I've lost abou two years worth of info for the Database...which is the bare bones currently...
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#11 Shrazer320 02:58:01 11/02/2011
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Wow.


Things not being deleted was one of the reasons I really loved this site.


Lemme guess, darky lost his job.
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#12 darkfurydragon 02:59:09 11/02/2011
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...what a pain in the ***.
I can see deleting useless dead rp's. But fan fics... eh.
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#13 Cynder_fan 02:59:52 11/02/2011
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Quote: Shrazer320
Wow.


Things not being deleted was one of the reasons I really loved this site.


Lemme guess, darky lost his job.



Quote: CDB
Recent news
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Dark52, Admin of darksSpyro just hit CharacterDB with a low blow by deleting all RP's before December 2010. This includes data needed which wasn't backed up, so please try to remember as best you can since we have nothing much to go on now...


Not cool... I struggle with memory at the best of times, so remembering the first page of The Night of Darkness is going to suck bad..
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#14 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 03:51:25 11/02/2011
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Fan fics are not being deleted, only dead topics in the Off Topic sections (Idle Chatter, Video Gaming, Stuff and Nonsense, Role Play, and Forum Games) will get deleted.

This is due to the strain on the server that the database is causing, it's just gotten too big; combined there are over 3 million posts and private messages - that's quite a lot to keep indefinitely on a shared host. Yes, I would rather have kept them, but the resources they take up doing nothing is just not worth it.
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#15 Cynder_fan 03:52:34 11/02/2011
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Quote: dark52
Fan fics are not being deleted, only dead topics in the Off Topic sections (Idle Chatter, Video Gaming, Stuff and Nonsense, Role Play, and Forum Games) will get deleted.

This is due to the strain on the server that the database is causing, it's just gotten too big; combined there are over 3 million posts and private messages - that's quite a lot to keep indefinitely on a shared host. Yes, I would rather have kept them, but the resources they take up doing nothing is just not worth it.


But a warning would have been nice before hand... Seriously I'm really miffed over that. It's the whole point I made my site but now finishing it is going to be nearimpossible
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#16 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 03:59:42 11/02/2011
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I can restore individual RPs at request but they will eventually be deleted again.
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#17 Cynder_fan 04:07:03 11/02/2011
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Quote: dark52
I can restore individual RPs at request but they will eventually be deleted again.



Is there anyway to download text files of the raw data or text? I feel it's easier to do that than copy each individual page. If not then I'll say a few off the top of my head, but I'll need to consult my friends to see which ones they remember.

The ones I can think of are both the Night of Darkness Rps, Where's the story, Love and Losses is another and a few more escape me currently.

Anyway thanks,
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#18 GamingMaster_76 05:54:22 11/02/2011
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Wouldn't it take more space with all the new individual topics?

I know nothing about site mantainence, but it's certainly prodded me for the short period I've logged in. R.I.P., All-Purpose Pokemon Topic.
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#19 Solister 08:26:33 11/02/2011
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Well, it is a good idea in some places, but not very for RPs, "make it up" fanfiction and very long fanfiction
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#20 Spyro Fanatic - Hunter 10:09:46 11/02/2011
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Quote: Shrazer320
Things not being deleted was one of the reasons I really loved this site.


Same here.

The only reason I keep coming back is to read the old topics where the members here were a lot more approachable and you were able to have a good talk. Now I don't know why I bother to come back.

Oh, and R.I.P "Sonic Story"
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#21 GamingMaster_76 10:36:14 11/02/2011
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^ This.
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#22 ElectricDragons 10:39:43 11/02/2011
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I'm just going to leave this site.
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#23 CAV 14:04:04 11/02/2011
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Quote: GamingMaster_76
Wouldn't it take more space with all the new individual topics?


That's what we've been saying.

Quote: ElectricDragons
I'm just going to leave this site.


.............no you won't.....
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#24 Forgotten World 21:15:18 11/02/2011
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Wow, yesterday night for me was a freak of a time. A lot changed!
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#25 Carmelita Fox 21:22:39 11/02/2011
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That's a shame. D8 All of those precious memories.


Oh well.
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#26 Malefor0001 21:33:07 11/02/2011
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Agreed.

No more reading old Religious fights for the Lulz? I loved reading them. (EG "I've been saved by Jesus" was a good Read.)
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#27 GamingMaster_76 22:46:48 11/02/2011
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I strongly dislike the new limits and deleted topics. Heck, I'd even be happy to donate $10 or something just to get the old system back. But alas, it will never happen. smilie
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#28 Malefor0001 22:48:32 11/02/2011
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Same. As I said, some of the Topics were a good laugh.
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#29 Cynder_fan 22:59:30 11/02/2011
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Quote: dark52
I can restore individual RPs at request but they will eventually be deleted again.



Quote: Cynder_fan

The ones I can think of are both the Night of Darkness Rps, Where's the story, Love and Losses is another and a few more escape me currently.


Please?
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#30 Carmelita Fox 23:02:14 11/02/2011
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perhaps you should also delete the closed threads

it will make my heart ache go away smilie
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#31 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 23:08:10 11/02/2011
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Quote: Cynder_fan
Please?


I already did. The second one I couldn't find though, what was the exact title and who was it started by?
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#32 Adria 02:46:05 12/02/2011
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Could regularly pruning your inbox and GB help with the database as well?
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#33 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 03:00:23 12/02/2011
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It would help, yes, the PM system is apparently a large resource hog at the moment. I'll be adding a quicker way to mass delete soon.
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#34 arceustheprime 22:53:11 12/02/2011
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Really annoying but whatever.
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#35 Malefor0001 22:56:44 12/02/2011
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I'll miss reading Random RPG and Random Chat...
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#36 Cynder 19000 23:04:50 12/02/2011
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It would of been nice if you changed the limit to 5000 instead of 2500... for RPs, 2500 just isn't enough... Well, imo, neither is 5000, but it saves one extra topic being made for the same RP...

I'm glad to hear about the storage cap coming for the Private Messages though. I have way to many...
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#37 Malefor0001 23:07:09 12/02/2011
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Agreed.
I personally think for RPs and FanFics the limit should be extended slightly.
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#38 GamingMaster_76 23:07:19 12/02/2011
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I'm sad hearing about the guestbook posts. I almost have 1500 and I think the new system will collide. I don't wanna delete my old posts. :<
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#39 arceustheprime 01:22:34 13/02/2011
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same i lol at them.
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#40 darkfurydragon 08:27:58 14/02/2011
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Quote: Cynder 19000
It would of been nice if you changed the limit to 5000 instead of 2500... for RPs, 2500 just isn't enough... Well, imo, neither is 5000, but it saves one extra topic being made for the same RP...

I'm glad to hear about the storage cap coming for the Private Messages though. I have way to many...



This.
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#41 GamingMaster_76 09:02:15 14/02/2011
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I've now reached 1500 posts and it's making me extremely anxious to know what the limit for that will be.
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#42 Aura Dragon 18:15:58 17/02/2011
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I agree with GamingMaster_76 and Malefor0001. The new post limit would cause some problems with RPs and very long fanfics and should probably be extended a bit more.

Quote: dark52
I will also be bringing in a storage cap to the private message system and a cap on the number of guestbook posts that can be kept, but that will take a little longer to implement.


I don't really understand what you mean about the number of guestbook posts that can be kept.
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#43 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 19:38:28 17/02/2011
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I haven't worked out the specifics of it yet. However you have just reminded me that my own guestbook is rather full. *delete*
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#44 Adria 19:43:53 17/02/2011
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Last night I went through and deleted my 21 inbox pages and 20 sent pages and 1000+ GB posts. :I

Any difference with that? xD
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#45 spyro_987 04:20:37 18/02/2011
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NOOOOOO! I can't see my posts from 2007? I joined January '07 and it's cool to look at old chats here. Yet I'm still a green sparx smilie
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#46 spyroGalNicoleX 13:48:00 10/04/2011
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This will be troublesome for rps and i can see people become furstrated easily but who knows. It may be for the better. smilie
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#47 GamingMaster_76 15:06:55 23/04/2011
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So do we have any idea of when this guestbook and PM tightening stuff is going to be implemented yet and the limits? I've got a few posts I'd like to keep from both, and would like to know when to do this before.
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#48 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 00:42:56 24/04/2011
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I'll give plenty of warning for that part, the first stage was a more immediate issue that couldn't wait.
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#49 Salamander 21:16:43 01/06/2011
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oh well what's lost is lost that is what i have to say.
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#50 dark52 - Spyro the Admin 16:54:15 24/02/2012
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It's taken a while to get around to it (a year smilie) but I've finally turned on the auto-delete and will from April 1st be making a 500 post guestbook limit and a 500 PM inbox limit. I'll make a proper news post on the 1st of March about the finalised details but if you want to ask any questions or provide feedback I am open to suggestions about this.
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