View Poll Results: Should the Private Message Limit be increased?

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Thread: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

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    Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    I searched the archives and found an old thread where the PM limit was debated, and ultimately increased to 100 messages from whatever it was.

    I would like to bring this issue up again. I am finding myself constantly deleting PM's due to being full. I have done a lot of buying/selling and it is nice to have an archive of important information, like specifics on the deal made, dates, time, etc. I think the 100 PM limit is very limiting and should be increased. To what? Well personally I say unlimited, but otherwise at least 500.

    I know the other thread talked about server space and all that but come on, they're text, how much could they take up? I know on another forum I am very active on and have been for about 6 years I have over 3,000 PM's in my box archived. That site is also 100% independently funded and has a MUCH larger userbase than here, so I feel that the size/cost of these PM's must not be a real issue.

    Thoughts??
    Bryan
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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    It is pretty poor and really needs changing, but sites like the UKLFPG are even worse but perhaps less important as the sites virtually dead anyway.

    Ian

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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I searched the archives and found an old thread where the PM limit was debated, and ultimately increased to 100 messages from whatever it was.

    I would like to bring this issue up again. I am finding myself constantly deleting PM's due to being full. I have done a lot of buying/selling and it is nice to have an archive of important information, like specifics on the deal made, dates, time, etc. I think the 100 PM limit is very limiting and should be increased. To what? Well personally I say unlimited, but otherwise at least 500.

    I know the other thread talked about server space and all that but come on, they're text, how much could they take up? I know on another forum I am very active on and have been for about 6 years I have over 3,000 PM's in my box archived. That site is also 100% independently funded and has a MUCH larger userbase than here, so I feel that the size/cost of these PM's must not be a real issue.

    Thoughts??
    It would be nice to be able to have more than a 100 pm's, but is is possible to archive your private messages.

    Check the box on the right hand side of the messages you want to archive and then go down to the bottom were is say "selected messages" and there are several choice for downloading messages. I save mine as text and keep then in a folder on my hard drive.

    Roger
    formerly rtbadman

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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    Fair enough but I don't want to have to do that
    Bryan
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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Fair enough but I don't want to have to do that
    No I don't either, but I was happy when I found the option, only took me five years on the forum to figure that out.

    Roger
    formerly rtbadman

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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    IIRC these messages used to be large objects within the database, and a high number of these could swamp the EXT2 file system and slow down the server - but that is ancient knowledge, I haven't handled a vBulletin system (or any other LAMP server) for half a decade. Even back then, updating to a more modern journalling file system (which are default nowadays) made it a much smaller issue. The technical admins should be able to figure out whether the current system can deal with a higher PM count...

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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    This is a free site, so how about downloading your PMs and saving them on your hard drive?

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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    Doesn't mean they can't make it better / more functional, right?
    Bryan
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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    I would love to see a higher loimit. Would also love to see a clearer display on your remaining "slots"-it's down low now and hard to notice until you start bouncing--like I just did!

    --Darin

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    Re: Private Message Limit (Round 2)

    How about doing away with PMs and setting it up to forward everything to your email address.
    David

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