quoth D’Gor in the Signatures thread:
... you get a lot of people who just sign up and then never post a thing and just take and not give. Then they disappear without contributing anything. So by setting limits, this not only encourages those who just start up to post and intereact but it also weeds out the veQ free loaders as well. Not to mention bandwidth hogs...photos can be very much a bandwidth hog and make it very slow for those with dial up.
Klythe and I were able to meet in meatspace at the same computer
and go spelunking in the Forums’ SQL database. We deleted all accounts made before 2010 with no posts, visits, hits, log-ins, or other actions attached to them, figuring that if they have something to contribute they will re-register and do so. We also deleted all banned spam accounts that hadn’t had any trigger hits in (I think) two years or more. This jettisoning of dead weight cut our disk space usage in half and more accurately reflects our membership count. (At least this was in intentional and well aimed surgical removal, instead of the result of a systems crash. }}: / And yes, I have long since secured the codes allowing me to make full-system back-ups and I use them every few tenday.)
I have also noticed that the Forum pages load more quickly, though I was on the lookout for it and it may be due to personal router and connection factors.
If anyone notices any problems, let me know.