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Could the 10 day time out be extended on our own xf forum?

Discussion in 'XenForo Pre-Sales Questions' started by Dean, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    Any technical downsides if we wanted to make the current 10 day timeout much longer? 6 months perhaps?

    Any large differences in performance or server load?

    (on our own xf forum, not suggesting a change for xf.com)
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Yes, it just stores more data and will make some of the automatic read checking behaviors slower. But it really depends on the volume of posts (well, threads) on your forum, as well as the number of active registered users.
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  3. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member


    Think we will start with a long timeout for usability, many (important) people only visit every few weeks. Then reduce it if necessary. I'd rather start long, and reduce if necessary, than the other way round.
  4. Boothby

    Boothby Active Member

    May I ask what 10 day timeout you are talking about?
  5. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    After that amount of timeout, currently 10 days on xf.com, posts are marked as read - even of they have not been read.
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  6. Boothby

    Boothby Active Member

    Thank you for explaining.
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  7. Shanj

    Shanj Well-Known Member

    It also means that once posts are marked as Read, a user opening a New Thread (to that user) gets bumped to a post near the middle or end of the thread.
    This is confusing as it's not intuitive to open a new thread and it doesn't open at the first post. It's OK if it's obviously an old post like 6 months ago maybe but otherwise it's very confusing.
    So yes it's important that we c an set the timeout as a lengthy time period.
  8. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    You already can do that from what Mike and Kier have said.
  9. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    On a very busy board with a high turnover of content, setting a high limit could result in very large quantities of data and a possible performance penalty - however on these kind of boards there tends to be less thread necromancy, so the problem is mitigated and a smaller timeout is less of an issue.

    On a small to medium board that has plenty of disk space and doesn't tax its server, you could easily set a timeout of a few months without a problem.
  10. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Post cache and APC will be your friend - or in this case, won't that matter? (talking about 28 days on big-boards)
  11. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Really has no relationship...
  12. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

    We are now using vb3.8, and have a 30 day timeout and have zero problems that I know of.

    Testing how much load a longer timeout value would add seems extremely difficult to me, if for no other reason it would be a large inconvenience to people.

    Could an xf forum work (ballpark) similar to vb3.8 with regards to the timeout vs load/speed, given the same conditions?

    If you cannot say, I completely understand.
  13. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Should work identically, the concept of the read marking system is fundamentally the same.
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  14. Freddie

    Freddie Active Member

    XenForo practices the black arts
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