why only 5 PMs

Discussion in 'FirearmsTalk Support and Suggestions' started by gunfighterzero, Aug 20, 2011.

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  1. gunfighterzero

    gunfighterzero New Member

    this limiting private messages to 5 really is a pain in the butt, is there a reason for this?
  2. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member

    Seems this thread has headed South so I will respond and then close it.

    The rule was implemented for several reasons; to reduce spam potential and reduce load on the server, with a by product of promoting the Supporting membership program.

    vBulletin created a terrible PM system in terms of code efficiency. We have found that no one hardly deletes PM's, so if we allow say 25 as per default we have a table with almost a million rows at present. As we expand it would only get bigger and bigger. In other cases we have had the PM tables become 2x the size of the post table which is not very beneficial the community esp. adding hardware just to deal with something like PM's which has no external benefit like a post does.

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