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Are "megathreads" An Issue On Ipb?


Guest JayX

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On other boards I know they tend to close a thread down when it hits 1,000 posts... something IPB admins need to do, or is this not an issue due to the way the forum runs? I'm not sure the actual reason for this is.. extra server load?

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Currently I have on my forum a thread with 625 pages and 6240 replies (!) and several other threads with 150 - 500 pages each. There is not any problem with them, they open the same fast with a thread with only one post.

I know that there was an issue in phpBB, where large threads overloaded the server, but with IPB I have not such problem. :)

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I would need more than a week to reread it. :D



Fortunately, it is a funny chit chat thread and people usually read only the last pages and not the old ones.



If you click on the "go to last post" link on a mega thread yuo get a big server load spike and may get some locked tables. This is not always but more often than not ans depends on server power.
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My "chit-chat" board has turned into a blog board. I've never seen anything like it. Instead of starting new topics, users have adopted "home threads" that they treat like blogs and post updates to the same thread every day. Everyone reads their friends' topics and responds to them. Many have several thousand posts. This was not encouraged by me. They just started doing it. It makes searching the rest of the board a pain in the ass unless you know to leave that board out of the search.

I'm trying to build a custom blog solution out of drupal that replicates how they are used to (mis)using this only without making the database expolde. We started out using YaBB with no database at all. That didn't last. It also forced an upgrade from shared hosting to a VPS.

I'm trying to make do with 256 megs burstable right now. I'm still getting a lot of slow queries, mostly left joins on searches. Any suggestions for what cache would be best to raise for this? I ran slackware on my desktop for years and years, so I'm definately of the frame of mind of not wanting to do any server upgrades until I've done every tweak possiable, incuding building my own own apache and MySQL from source.

Anyone had much luck with IPB and lightthpd btw? Cherokee?

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