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BB Private Message storage limits...

Post by bogs » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:22 pm

I was wondering if it were ever going to be possible to increase either the number of folders you can create in the private message area, or alternately, increase the amount of messages that can be stored there.

In the year or so that I have been with the community, it is the single hardest thing to work around on the boards that I have encountered.

You are limited to 50 messages total in the inbox, and you can create up to 4 folders to hold additional conversations, neither of which is ideal.

The difficult part in this is that I often want to separate my discussions in the pm sphere by user. I certainly talk to a lot more than 4 users, often for extended periods of time, either in collaboration on something or in answering questions. This usually generates a lot of back and forth replies which quickly eats into the 50 message limits.

This is the first board I've ever encountered this on, and finally decided to ask if it is possible to increase either or, ideally, both of the above limits?

Thank you for any responses :D
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Re: BB Private Message storage limits...

Post by FourthWorld » Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:16 pm

I've been tempted to write LC Ltd about this, but so far you and I seem to be the only ones vocal about the limit.

For myself, I've found it easy enough to use PMs as a place to share email addresses where I can keep my conversations all in one place. So for me this has been only a minor inconvenience.

What would be an ideal limit? I can make time to write Support if you haven't already.
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Re: BB Private Message storage limits...

Post by bogs » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:16 pm

FourthWorld wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:16 pm
What would be an ideal limit? I can make time to write Support if you haven't already.
I had meant to get back to you yesterday, but managed to get hit pretty hard with the flu, so this may not be completely coherrent.

I would think the upper limit for folders should be unlimited. Folders take up, after all, close to no space, couple kb.

I've never seen on any board a limit per count on messages, usually it is a space limitation. The only problem I can think of there is determining how much space a single message takes up. If I save your post to a text file, I know that is about 478 bytes, but that is a short message.

I then copied and pasted an entire conversation (6 responses) out of my inbox, that came to 1.9kb. However, I would assume that the pm replies are more like email, so I went and did a search ~
Determining the average size of an email message is difficult because of all the factors that come into play. However, in general, an average email is about 75KB in size.
On a small forum I belong to, started by a single guy, I had an average running around 300 messages, which assuming the above is fairly accurate, would have come to 22500 kb, or 22.5 mb
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Rough 300 message total...
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So, perhaps 50 mb of space, instead of 50 messages in the inbox, and an unlimited number of folders to organize your messages into.

Like I mentioned earlier though, I'm somewhat delirious at the moment, my thinking may be way off.
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Re: BB Private Message storage limits...

Post by FourthWorld » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:18 pm

Apparently phpBB uses message count, and I believe the number used in ours is the default.

https://wiki.phpbb.com/Maximum_private_messages_per_box

A note to Support at LiveCode dot com may encourage them to raise the limit above the default.
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