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    [RESOLVED] When to delete post attachments

    Can anybody suggest some "canonical" routine strategy for deleting post attachments?

    I already have developed such a strategy for cancelling thread subscriptins: To cancel all (ok, no rule without exception...) subscriptions to threads that haven't been posted to the entire last month at the start of each new month has proven to be reasonable and normally cuts down the total number of subscriptions by about 50%. And if there should be a post to one of my older threads in a forum I monitor regularly, I'll most likely see it anyway.

    I think, however, that this strategy is not that appropriate for attachments, as deleting them may significantly reduce the usefulness of the posts for occasional readers. The download count in the list of attachments in my User CP doesn't seem to be a real help here, as it's a total. A count over a certain period of time might be more helpful in this respect.

    Storage capacity is no concern so far: The 14 attachments I have online at the time amount to a total of 139.1 kB (of which almost 50% are occupied by one single attachment). But I think it might be clever to start doing some housekeeping before it piles up to real work...

    I have seen some pretty old posts that still have attachments, but I think many (if not all) of them were made by moderators, who might have more storage space at their disposal.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: When to delete post attachments

    If you delete them, they won't be available to users searching on the old threads (which may render the old thread useless).

    Personally, I'd leave them.

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    Re: When to delete post attachments

    There used to be a limit, but, after losing too many links, it was easier to increase the user storage pool.
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    Re: When to delete post attachments

    Quote Originally Posted by Arjay View Post
    If you delete them, they won't be available to users searching on the old threads (which may render the old thread useless).

    Personally, I'd leave them.
    Of course, you're right, Arjay. Thanks.

    After submitting my initial post here, I have started considering myself to simply leave them online until storage capacity actuall becomes a problem. Considering the avarage size and frequency of my attachments, it'll take some time until I hit the 9 MB... And if I start to treat the attachments as a FIFO, it'll essentially result in the same amount of work, regardless of whether the queue is almost full or almost empty.

    Well, that's not the first time I had the good Idea shortly after submitting my post...

    I'll still leave this thread unresolved for now, however, to see whether more opinions come in.
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    Re: When to delete post attachments

    Quote Originally Posted by dglienna View Post
    There used to be a limit, but, after losing too many links, it was easier to increase the user storage pool.
    My User CP shows me a limit of 9.54 MB (odd value somehow ) that hasn't changed since I first saw it. I've only been around here for four months so far, however. Or do I misinterpret your post if I suppose it's saying "There ain't no limit anymore"?
    Last edited by Eri523; October 2nd, 2010 at 06:37 PM.
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    Re: When to delete post attachments

    Sister site. 5 years ago. I think it was 1mb or something like that.
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    Re: When to delete post attachments

    Thanks for clarifying, David. Think I now can mark this thread resolved like so many others...
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