PMs gone

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DaveC426913
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What just happened to my PMs? In a split second it went from hundreds to zero.
 

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This wasn't handled very intelligently. I just lost all of mine, and only found out about the scheduled "global wipe", when I looked in this meta-forum for the first time, looking for someone to contact.
 
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This wasn't handled very intelligently. I just lost all of mine, and only found out about the scheduled "global wipe", when I looked in this meta-forum for the first time, looking for someone to contact.
This Forum should be checked regularly for "Announcements". That's the purpose of this forum.
 
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This Forum should be checked regularly for "Announcements". That's the purpose of this forum.

I hit the 'New Posts' button no less than several times a day every single day without fail. I doubt there are ten people on this board - including the Mods - that check as often as I do. I never saw that post.

Not bitching, just wondering how it could have fallen through the cracks. Makes me wonder if I've been doing something wrong all these years.
 
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I hit the 'New Posts' button no less than several times a day every single day without fail. I doubt there are ten people on this board - including the Mods - that check as often as I do. I never saw that post.

Not bitching, just wondering how it could have fallen through the cracks. Makes me wonder if I've been doing something wrong all these years.
Could have been just really bad timing. I saw it all the time, you might have looked each time that it got displaced with another post.

Maybe people you exchanged pm's with made copies?
 
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Deletion is forever, it's the direst thing a system administrator can do to your data. Wouldn't a more prominent form of announcement be warranted, like a flaming fireball in the middle of the front page, or a message sent to the registration emails of all users?
 
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Deletion is forever, it's the direst thing a system administrator can do to your data. Wouldn't a more prominent form of announcement be warranted, like a flaming fireball in the middle of the front page, or a message sent to the registration emails of all users?

Indeed, I apologize for your inconvenience
 
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Could have been just really bad timing. I saw it all the time, you might have looked each time that it got displaced with another post.

Displaced with another post? New posts returns every post that's had an update since my last visit - I get hundreds of results back. I go through the 'New Posts' front to back almost daily since as long as I can remember.

Maybe people you exchanged pm's with made copies?
It's no biggie data-wise for me. I just wonder how it is even possible I could have missed the post. It makes me suspicious that somehow 'New Posts' is not as unilateral as I thought. (And that it will happen again with any other Announcement)
 
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This wasn't handled very intelligently. I just lost all of mine, and only found out about the scheduled "global wipe", when I looked in this meta-forum for the first time, looking for someone to contact.

Same thing here - I did not suspect that important news would remain hidden in a forum thread near the bottom. :uhh:

Hehe mitchell's "flaming fireball in the middle of the front page" would have been effective for me! :rofl:
 
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DaveC, do you remeber what you wrote in a PM to me on Dec. 16th, 2008 ? I vaguely remember it was about the men behind JFK's murder...
 
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Just for the record, I wish to separate myself from those who are critical of how it was done. I'm not complaining. :wink:

I am simply concerned with how I can do something different next time.
 
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DaveC, do you remeber what you wrote in a PM to me on Dec. 16th, 2008 ? I vaguely remember it was about the men behind JFK's murder...

I can't imagine having anything to say about JFK's murder, being neither American, nor politically-inclined (nor - not to put too fine a point on it - alive in 1963). Though I'm always up for a good debate on any subject whether or not I know much about it.:tongue2:
 
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incidentally, after the wipe, how many threads do you think will be started with a title like: "all of my pms are gone."

1...
 
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This wasn't handled very intelligently. I just lost all of mine, and only found out about the scheduled "global wipe", when I looked in this meta-forum for the first time, looking for someone to contact.

I hit the 'New Posts' button no less than several times a day every single day without fail. I doubt there are ten people on this board - including the Mods - that check as often as I do. I never saw that post.

Not bitching, just wondering how it could have fallen through the cracks. Makes me wonder if I've been doing something wrong all these years.

Deletion is forever, it's the direst thing a system administrator can do to your data. Wouldn't a more prominent form of announcement be warranted, like a flaming fireball in the middle of the front page, or a message sent to the registration emails of all users?

Just for the record, I wish to separate myself from those who are critical of how it was done. I'm not complaining. :wink:

I am simply concerned with how I can do something different next time.

....

Arthur Dent and Mr. Prosser by way of Douglas Adams said:
"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."
"Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."
"But the plans were on display ..."
"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."
"That's the display department."
"With a flashlight."
"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."
"So had the stairs."
"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"
"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."
 
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Flex, obviously you think posting announcements in a section titled...um...announcements, is not the right place. Where do you think a better place would be?
 
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Flex, obviously you think posting announcements in a section titled...um...announcements, is not the right place. Where do you think a better place would be?
I don't believe he was being critical. I think he was trying to inject a bit of humor.

but then with Flex, we never really know, do we? :uhh:
 
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One problem that has not been mentioned and could not be avoided, is for those users who logon infrequently. Say, every few month or two. These are the type of people who probably don't check their registered with e-mail accounts either, so if Greg were to send those users a heads up to the personal e-mails, it would have fallen on deaf ears as well.

Thanks, Dave, for starting this thread, it gives everyone a chance to vent...

Rhody...
 
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Flex, obviously you think posting announcements in a section titled...um...announcements, is not the right place. Where do you think a better place would be?

The illustration of the Hitchhiker's guide is better than that: The announcements section here is hidden at the bottom of my browser page, a far scroll away from the part that I usually see. Thus, in the cellar so to say. Only the stairs (the scrolling option to get there) were still available.

It wasn't much "illuminated" either: even if I had looked once for a second at that part and (by chance) seen "PMs/VMs scheduled for global wipe", it might have not reached my consciousness that perhaps it wasn't an unimportant feedback but an important announcement, and that all personal messages would be suddenly destroyed. Indeed it would have taken me possibly more than that interval of time to guess that PM doesn't mean Person Month or Prime Minister or ... or ... but Personal Messages. :rolleyes:
 
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Moreover, it wasn't much "illuminated" either: even if I had looked once for a second at that part and (by chance) seen "PMs/VMs scheduled for global wipe", it might have not reached my consciousness that perhaps it wasn't an unimportant feedback but an important announcement, and that all personal messages would be suddenly destroyed. Indeed it would have taken me possibly more than that interval of time to guess that PM doesn't mean Person Month or Prime Minister or ... or ... but Personal Messages. :rolleyes:

That's a good point, I should have been more clear.
 
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That's a good point, I should have been more clear.

Wow, did you just write above everything:
"Impromptu PF Chat Event!" ?

Now THAT certainly does the trick :smile: :smile: :tongue2:
 
  • #22
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Flex, obviously you think posting announcements in a section titled...um...announcements, is not the right place. Where do you think a better place would be?

Wait, what? I was just making a joke. It's Hitchihker's. I haven't complained a bit. In fact, I posted in the previous thread (the one warning of the PM/VM deletion) wondering how many people would miss such an obvious announcement.

Everyone seems to have very large toes lately... either that or I have become quite adept at stepping on them without realizing it.

I'm just going to cower in this corner over here.
 
  • #23
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Wait, what? I was just making a joke. It's Hitchihker's. I haven't complained a bit. In fact, I posted in the previous thread (the one warning of the PM/VM deletion) wondering how many people would miss such an obvious announcement.

Everyone seems to have very large toes lately... either that or I have become quite adept at stepping on them without realizing it.

I'm just going to cower in this corner over here.

I took it as humor. So did Evo.
 
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... "PMs/VMs scheduled for global wipe" ... Prime Minister ...
WORLD DISASTER!
Evil mastermind strikes! Prime Ministers wiped out across the globe! Governments in turmoil!


:biggrin:
 
  • #25
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Argh! Now I'm going to have to ask Woolie for his new address, a SECOND TIME.

I have a neurological disorder* that makes it very uncomfortable for me to have to repeat myself. Would it be too much for me to ask the forum admin that they review the "American's with Disabilities Act", and/or perhaps send me a PM before they do this again?

*I don't know what that disorder is called, but I'm sure someone could make something up.
 
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