Why do the post keep disappearing.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Clerk, May 17, 2004.

  1. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    When I open The Gauge I always go to the New Post section. I left that section a short time ago and there were a bunch of post on it. I just came back and they all disappeared except for 3 of them. This has happened several times. I don't have time to open the regular index so I go to New post and get the latest posting. :confused: :confused: :confused:
  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    There's a limit on it - I think it's 15 minutes. They dissappear after 15 min. :( :(

    If it was a shorter time post the time here & we'll let Shamus or Peter know :)
  3. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    What is with all these time limits?
  4. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    If I view the day's posts, make a post and then go back to view the day's posts most of them have gone away :confused:
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Well, sir. You see. all these "Neato things" including the things we had on the Original Gauge. Take up 2 things... Memory space & Bandwidth.

    Memory.. In the Gigabytes, all costs money to have... & use as downloads. Yes every time you load a page it is bandwidth. If you use "phone lines" it takes a page of yours about 30 seconds to "download into your computer" That is where the temporary internet files come from

    On my cable service it takes about 10 seconds for the same page. You see the "math"?? If we have 300 people looking at 50 pages a day - that's 15000 downloads a day. Now in a month that = 450,000 downloads. That takes money! :( :( :(

    Now, about the "Time limits" when you or I enter the gauge - it takes your "You last visited" time and subtracts that from your "Present time" & posts all the "New posts" into a folder for you to view. There's another bunch of downloads & a folder that is just yours. There are another 300 Regulars here" More downloads - more folders. Now even if you Dont access the new post files - the folder is there - So, theres a time limit put on the folder that "erases" it after 15 minutes. :( So that there aren't a huge amount of folders out there all the time.

    It took me a long time to learn all this, but just think of the "pages" being like letters in your mailbox. Every time you go to Photog & look at a page that has a bunch of pics. You're downloading each pic Plus Each Post's Text Plus all the buttons & graphics. Now that would be a huge amount of "Letters" (Packets in Net terms) that would be in your mailbox and then you click on a second page & it starts all over again. :( :( :(

    So the more memory we use, (That's why we dont want animated gifs) the more the owners have to pay. :( :(

    This is a critical thing when designing web sites. :( Nobody needs to spend more money they don't need too - like gas prices for instance :( :( :(
  6. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Thanks for the neat explanation, I even understood it ! Sometimes we all need to be reminded of the cost of such services (GREAT services, I might add...).

    Thanks again,
    Iron Goat
  7. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    saving links

    Here's a little trick I use to keep from losing unread new posts. When the New Posts page opens, go to the top of the browser window, click on file and then Save As. Save it to a convienient file, or even create a special file for it. Then when the page disappears before you have had a chance to read everything, go to that file and you will find two listings, a file and an HTML link. Click on the Explore link (not the file folder) and voila! there are your missing links. :D You are using your computer's space and not bandwidth on The Gauge server.

    ps: I am using IE 6.0. Fraid I can't help you if you are using something else but maybe you can figure something like it out.
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Thanks for the explanation. To be honest it is still very annoying. I would rather pay a small yearly fee and get rid of these things. BTW why the min. limit on characters in a reply? Thanks

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