On Tuesday, October 12, 2004, I will be doing cleanup and optimization of the board that will reduce our database overhead as well as decreasing bandwidth utilization.
Therefore, on Oct. 12, 2004 at 2200 EST, I will be REMOVING ALL
Instant Messages that are currently in the system. At the time, there are close to 10,000! I will be keeping them in a backup folder on my computer for a month. If during that time you realize you needsomething, I can retrieve it for you, however I ask that you PLEASE don't rely on that. If you do not wish to have your IMs backed up for security purposes, you may send me a private message informing me as such. I will not read them but will only be storing them for backup purposes.
If you wish to backup your IMs yourself, you can go into your IM inbox and do a SAVE AS
on that page. You can then save them to your hard drive.
Utilization of avatars has contributed drastically to bandwidth usage over the past few months. There are relatively little restrictions on what can/cannot be uploaded into the system. Because of this, several folks have unoptimized avatars which are kinda large in size. Multiply this times a few thousand hits a day, and you have an avatar that is sucking up a solid amount of bandwidth!
Therefore: On Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2004 at 2200 EST, I will be REMOVING
all avatars. After that time period you may add an avatar in one of the following ways:
1) Link to an image elsewhere on the Internet.
2) Upload an image of 95x150 pixels using "edit profile"
3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
with your USERNAME and AVATAR attached. The system will automatically optimize the graphic for usage as avatar and place it on your username. It may take up to 48 hours for this process to occur. This is particularly useful if you have a large image you want to use, but cannot optimize it yourself.
If you have any questions please post them here.