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#1 Eileen Stein

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:50 PM

As most of you probably know, the Boards have suffered two crashes in the past month or so. We are being told by our website host that we have too much content for our server to accommodate. Therefore, I have begun removing some of the older posts from some topics.

The People's Border Collie Gallery is extremely content-heavy -- it has about 233 pages of topics going back to 2005. I am going to start removing older threads, leaving anything posted in 2011 and 2012, but deleting topics older than that.

If there is any particular thread you would like me to save from the period before 2011, please email or PM me a link to that thread within the next week.

I regret having to do this, and thank you all for your understanding.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:07 PM

I wondered what was up. Sorry y'all have had to deal with this.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:48 AM

Removing old threads gives us an excuse to post new (old) photos of our dogs! ;) Thanks for letting us know why crashes have been happening. Is there a way to make our posts to the gallery less space hoggish? Like setting limits on image size or something?

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:47 AM

I've noticed some posters reply without trimming the post to which they are responding, leaving the entirety of that post (often including photos) in their response. As a reminder, trimming posts would be helpful, and is considered an expected courtesy. When responding to a post, either erasing the post that is being responded to, or trimming to include only that portion that is germane to the point being made would conserve a significant amount of bandwith.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:02 PM

Yes, thank you for mentioning trimming posts. It seems like lately more replies have contained whole previous posts.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

As a reminder, trimming posts would be helpful and is considered an expected courtesy. When responding to a post, trimming to include only that portion that is germane to the point being made would conserve a significant amount of bandwith.

Thank you for pointing this out, it is annoying having to scroll thru everything that's already been said.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:14 PM

Thank you for pointing this out, it is annoying having to scroll thru everything that's already been said.
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Yes, thank you for pointing out this very useful idea. It is only polite and it certainly will save space/bandwidth/whatever. (I also wish people who reply to lists like Sheepdog-L would remember to do this, or repeat only what's necessary in their replies.)
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:49 PM

As most of you probably know, the Boards have suffered two crashes in the past month or so. We are being told by our website host that we have too much content for our server to accommodate. Therefore, I have begun removing some of the older posts from some topics.



Actually, I volunteer to have my posts deleted. I usually don't think before I type, and I would just as soon have the evidence obliterated. :)

ETA: I'm serious too

#9 Anda

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:10 PM

Sent my PM with request for few threads to be kept - if all possible.

I think a lot of the storage is taken by the uploaded images, not as much the linked images - although I have no idea if that really matters.

I know I almost never click on files uploaded in the Gallery, as they often are humongous and 99% disappointing in content.

Could we disable the upload file or limit the file size to something a lot more manageable?

#10 Lewis Moon

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:00 AM

On several boards I am on, you actually have to go in and remove some code in order to reply with a picture as a quote, and actually have it show up. I assume that most photos come in as links from other websites. Can we make the displayed size more of a large-ish thumbnail (smaller than now) that you can click for the full size hosted elsewhere? Also, many of us, (myself included) have largish pics in our signatures. These go up EVERY time we post. That has to a big load. This is the only forum I'm on where that's allowed.

#11 Journey

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:17 PM

You want to get rid of our *signature* picts??? The one that took me forever to figure out how to do it? The one I also have *turned off* on my selection as it takes years to load a page anyhow :)
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#12 Eileen Stein

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:36 PM

Thanks for your suggestions, everybody, and thanks to those who sent lists of threads to be saved. I must say that I've had second thoughts about the sig photo feature as they have grown in size, but they are a very popular amenity so we'll see if we can't continue on with them.

We will be moving to a new web host this week, which we believe will help greatly in coping with the size issues. I've announced this already in the other most-used forums. To make the transition, the Boards will be shut down late tonight or early tomorrow morning. They will be down for about 48 hours -- could be a little more, could be a little less. We'll know better how much old content can be retained after we're up and running again.


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