Do you think you could expand the pages to show 2 or 3 days of messages?
This is a good idea and something we had to balance - there were speed issues and part of the fix was to upgrade the server and the second part was to maintain the number of posts per page... we can experiment, but don't want to forfeit speed for post count.
Let us know your thoughts, happy to have a discussion on this:)
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I think it's in the MySQL database concurrent connections.
Hi Dave -
Its slightly more complex then that, as the number of posts / replies made in 1 day is not a finite number - hence, if we set it to "last 3 days", and there were 200 posts on one day because of some special event, that could result in 300-500+ posts being loaded every time someone visit the forum page - which not only would put a load on the server, but would be a lot of data for people to download to their browser.
That's why we use # of threads as the limit rather than "day of week" - in order to ensure a consistent experience from day to day regardless of post volume.
One option we could try later on down the road is to enables users to select the number of posts they want in "list view" - list view is a lot less server intensive as you don't have to retrieve all the replies to a post, just the post itself -