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Old July 15th, 2008, 02:53 PM
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Default IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PMs!

As many of you may know by now, we're getting ready to upgrade the site and forum software. In our testing of the import process to the new software we discovered that the PM database is completely out of control. We have never put official limits around PM boxes, but it seems some people are abusing this feature and never deleting anything. This slows down the import process significantly and takes up a lot of room on the server.

Therefore, the new forums will have PM limits installed that will not allow you to have more than 100 total PMs (in and out box combined) at one time or you won't be able to receive additional PMs. Before everyone starts yelling, also you should know that in the new software there are simple buttons where you can download your PMs to a CSV, XML or Text file. So in the future, staying under the limit should not be a problem for anyone. Moderators and Administrators are getting slightly larger boxes based on the fact they have to do corrective communication with users and if you fit into one of those categories, please see the moderator forum for more information.

However, the problem we now have is that we need to get everyone in compliance with this new limit before we do the site and software change. So starting now, everyone needs to work on their PM box and get the total messages under 100 PMs and as quickly as possible so this issue does not keep interfering with our testing process for the site conversion. If your PMs are not cleaned up before the site conversion, we will delete everything but your latest 100 PMs to make sure everyone is in compliance.

For most people, these limits won't even affect them. Less than 2% of our registered members have over 100 PMs, but those 2% make up over 2/3rds of our PM database, making their total number of PMs to be about 69,000 PMs! The highest person has over 3,000 PMs which is just freakin ridicuous. So it's time to clean it up folks, or we'll be cleaning it up for you.

Please contact me if you have any questions.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:28 PM

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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PMs!

I've ~300 outgoing and another ~300 ingoing pm's mainly diplomacy messages from mp games.

I never thought about the fact this cram a database. With a hint/warning i would have deleted most of the stuff immediately.

However i'll do it now.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:33 PM
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I have 485 ingoing

Is there a quick way to delete them all?
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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:37 PM
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Ha! Now I have 0 messages!

I hope I didn't forget to answer anyone
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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:52 PM
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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PMs!

LOL @Kristoffer

You didn't have to just zap them all, but I appreciate your enthusaism to do your part.

I was guilty of keeping too much history for moderation purposes as well, but I just copy and pasted the ones I felt I needed into a word document and then zapped them.
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I've ~300 outgoing and another ~300 ingoing pm's mainly diplomacy messages from mp games.

I never thought about the fact this cram a database. With a hint/warning i would have deleted most of the stuff immediately.

However i'll do it now.
We've always been pretty lax on letting people upload just about anything under the sun and not setting limits on PMs and other things that take up a lot of space because we want to have a strong community, but when the PM part of the import takes more than all the rest of the import put together, we decided it was time to put some limits up.
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Default Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING PMs!

100 or so pms deleted, that's all I had.

I guess I could get people to send me more and delete them too if that would help.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 04:32 PM
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I'm mostly concerned about the 190 people or so that have a total of 69,000 PMs.....if we can get those people down to the limit then we will cut our PM databse to less than 1/2 what it currently is...so don't feel you need to delete stuff that you need. But by all means, if you have less than 100 and feel you have stuff you don't need anymore, go ahead and purge them.
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Out of curiosity, when is the upgrade going to occur?
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