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Gene
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Thanks Doug. Every little bit helps! Unfortunately, we don't have a steady stream of income to spend on upgraded hardware and bandwidth. I'd love to have a separate server just for the database. But everybody has wants, right? Smile
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pegasus
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Why not introduce Pledge membership? You pay an annual fee, via PayPal, and you get a special colour username with 'pledge member' in text. It works on other forums I'm a member of. There's no pressure to donate to become a Pledge member but most do anyway.

You could then have a Pledge Member only subforum, where dealers can give discount codes, etc.
Gene
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I'm sure Steve wouldn't want that. It's always been his motto that the Café remain free, and I happen to agree with him.
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Would it help the bandwidth if people didn't quote and requote entire threads from a conversation? I notice some users take up what could have been several posts worth of space requoting instead of just hitting quote and trimming down to the necessary part they are responding to.

Secondly, about PM's. If I delete a rather long string of a PM topic but the other person does not, does my deletion help with bandwidth conservation or is the fact that when they next respond on that PM thread and mine all pops back up a hinderance?

I know overall, it is an eye dropper in a lake but every bit counts in the long run, does it not?

Maybe do a sticky and a mass post describing methods for us to help keep some of the unnecessary bandwidth at bay.
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Gene
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What you're referring to is data saved in the database, not bandwidth per se. And, no, it wouldn't help all that much. Not now, anyway. Once the Café's database got over 1GB in size it had already started slowing down. It's over 5GB now. What we need is more power, i.e., a separate server just to process database requests.
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pegasus
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Well, you're doing a great job Gene. We all appreciate your efforts.
Dave Scribner
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Poof Daddy, we already have a section in the rules forum about quoting entire posts but but most members just ignore it. As the mods go through the topics, they try to remove lengthy posts but it's just another function we don't have time to do consistently.

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Don't include the entire length of the original message in your post when you reply to a message. I realize The Magic Café™ offers the 'quote' function when posting, but please take the time to use your delete key and either select the small part that is pertinent to your post or summarize it in your response.
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