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Old 11-02-2005, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Forum house cleaning - Read Only archive

I have known for a long time that we're in dangerous territory (server performance wise) with some of our largest forums (Music, Beer Tent, Trading Post, and Technique & Instrument). With our continuing growth it is VERY clear now I have to do some archiving - making these popular forums much smaller (in terms of posts).

I will, by the end of the weekend, move all but the last week or so of posts from those 4 forums (for the TP, I'll leave a month), into a 'Read Only Archive' section, which will still be available to everyone (at the bottom of the Forums list), but ... (will be read only ).

I have been searching for a long term solution to our 'growth problem'. We are so large now that we in fact exceed the limits for the software platform I had originally thought we would migrate to when the 'time came' - I'm doing a lot of research into solving this problem - but the archiving should help 'for now'

All things considered, I guess to be still growing at our rate is a cool problem to have..

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Old 11-02-2005, 10:05 PM   #2
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Default Re: Forum house cleaning - Read Only archive

A schedule of Forum down times for the maintenance:

Friday 9:00 PM Forum time for an hour or so.

Saturday 9:00 PM Forum time for an hour or so.

Sunday 9:00 AM Forum time for an hour or so.

I will update this as I go forward - I think I can get it all done with just 3 hours of down time, but ...

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Old 11-04-2005, 10:08 PM   #3
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Tonight I archived all posts from before October 1 2005 - for the Trading Post and the Music Forums - you'll find all those archived threads in the new "Read Only" section (look to the bottom of the home page)

The search function, in those forums, may be 'confused' for right now. I ran out of time tonight, but tomorrow I will archive the Beer Tent and T&I forum, and if time allows I will fix the search then too.

It is progress
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Old 11-05-2005, 10:08 PM   #4
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Progress..

I have created and filled the new "read only" archived forums (they're found at the bottom of our home page list). Everything in the Music, Beer Tent, Trading Post, and Technique & Instrument forum, older than October 1 of this year, has been moved to the new Read Only Archives.

The Search tool has been fixed for the existing discussion forums, but once again I ran out of time, so search will not work for the new Archive forums - the posts are all there, but I need to rebuild the search function for them, and that will take a few hours. I'll schedule it for later, and let you know..

The goal here was to improve our peak activity time response performance - fingers are crossed..

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Old 11-10-2005, 10:01 PM   #5
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Search has been rebuilt for the Read Only:
Music Archive,
Beer Tent Archive, and the
Technique & Instrument Archive.

Ran out of time, so the Trading Post Archive Search function will be rebuilt tomorrow night between 9 and 9:15 PM

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Old 11-11-2005, 09:14 PM   #6
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Search is now fully functional for all forums (old and new), and the really large forum read only archiving is complete.
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