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PMs/VMs scheduled for global wipe

  1. Sep 22, 2011 #1
    To reclaim some database space and for general good housekeeping, we are scheduling a global wipe of Private and Visitor Messages. This will occur two weeks from now on Oct 6th. This thread will be bumped several times for reminders.

    If you'd like to backup your Private Messages follow this:

     
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  3. Sep 23, 2011 #2

    tiny-tim

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    what are XML and CSV ? :confused:
     
  4. Sep 23, 2011 #3

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  5. Sep 23, 2011 #4

    D H

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    XML (Extensible Markup Language): A rather verbose but highly portable scheme for representing all kinds of data. Lots of tools can read XML data. Microsoft Office is now XML-based, so you might (no guarantee) be able to download as XML and load the documents in Word or Excel.

    CSV (Comma-Separated Values): Like the name says. Keyword,value,keyword,value, ... You might be able to pull a CSV download of your PMs and VMs into Excel -- put commas in the message text will make this somewhat problematic.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2011 #5

    Redbelly98

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    The CSV files do open properly in Excel. I just did a little test, the message text of a PM occupies a single cell in Excel, even if it contains commas. You'll have to expand the row height, or select Autofit Row Height, to see the entire message text. Expanding the column width containing the message texts is also helpful.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2011 #6

    micromass

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    My sweet little visitor messages :frown:
     
  8. Sep 23, 2011 #7
    I'm sure they will fill back up with praise :)
     
  9. Sep 23, 2011 #8

    Evo

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    You can save them by copying and pasting. Just drag your cursor down the row and highlight, control +C, and paste in word or notepad, if you paste in word, you get the avatars, it looks a bit screwy, but they're saved.

    Perhaps someone has a better idea.
     
  10. Sep 23, 2011 #9

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    I say Evo'c constantly full inbox caused this whole mess in the first place, I say we start with hers only and see if the problem improves, lol :biggrin:

    Rhody...
     
  11. Sep 23, 2011 #10
    I'm kind of curious how much space these are taking up? Especially since most users are limited to 150 messages (I assume mentors and admins have higher limits, maybe contributors too).
     
  12. Sep 23, 2011 #11

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    I don't think the fact that my PM inbox holds 50,000 pm's is relevant. :uhh:
     
  13. Sep 23, 2011 #12
    Yes other usergroups have different limits. PMs take up about 150MB at the moment.
     
  14. Sep 24, 2011 #13

    rhody

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    Evo,

    Relax, you know I was kidding right ? :blushing:, The only reason I get mildly annoyed is there are times when your in box blows up. Then I have to resort to other means to get in touch with you.

    Rhody...
     
  15. Sep 24, 2011 #14
    So was she, she doesn't have a 50k PM allowance :wink:
     
  16. Sep 24, 2011 #15
    Will this affect unread messages as well? If someone sends me a message on the 5th, and I don't make it on for a couple days, will it get wiped, never to be read?
     
  17. Sep 24, 2011 #16
    That's a good question and the unfortunate answer is yes.
     
  18. Sep 24, 2011 #17

    Borek

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    If you have instant notifications about PMs on, you are send not only information about a PM, but also its content. So while it will be wiped from the server, you will be able to read it.

    No idea about VMs.
     
  19. Sep 24, 2011 #18
    Is that per user, or for all the users put together? If 150 MB is the total for all the users, that seems to be a fairly trivial amount, which can easily be backed up somewhere.
     
  20. Sep 24, 2011 #19

    rhody

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    She said 50,000 messages, not 50K of disk space, there is a difference is there not ?

    Rhody...
     
  21. Sep 24, 2011 #20

    Fredrik

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    Then what is she paying you for?
     
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