Announcement Concerning Your Site Mails
April 1, 2009 9:28 am
We are finally starting to get things settled in here at our new office, but there is still work to do! We are currently working on optimizing the nightly data backup process for Renderosity. To continue properly backing up Renderosity data on a regular basis we will need to clear out a bulk of Site Mails that members currently have under their Renderosity account. The SiteMail feature has been very popular over the last ten years, so there are a lot of messages that need to be deleted.
Starting Monday, April 13th, any Site Mails in your account older than one year will automatically be deleted. This includes messages in your Inbox, Sent and Archived message folders. The one year cutoff will be ongoing to help ease the strain on our backup systems. We encourage all of you to backup any older Site Mails that you might want to keep for future reference.
The easiest way to back up your Site Mails is to open the message you would like to keep, copy the text and paste it into a word processor document. At that point you can save the document locally to your computer for your records.
And remember, any messages that are older than one year will be deleted from here on out. So make sure you have copies of any Site Mails you would like to retain. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your cooperation.
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@ Rodma Hu ( TRASH????) Speak for yourself and dont call other peoples art trash.and at the office team in renderosity its a great idea but i cant imagine anyone wanting to keep mail over a year. I think we should all get into the habit of deleting or mail after a month. Keep up the good work guys
I REALLY hope it is an April fools joke Opening and cutting and pasting every mail is absurdly time consuming. Don't get me wrong. I am a network admin and I get it (that it is probably out of control). On the other hand I need my mail and my life is just not such that I have hours of free computer time to do this right now. We'll see I guess.
This is not an April Fool's Day joke. We have to get these cleaned up. I can't imagine that anyone would need sitemails that were over one year old but if you do then please get them copied over to your computer before we run the clean up. Thanks Stacey
Hey now... if Stacey says it's so, then that's good enough for me. I'm an inveterate pack rat, and all data is precious to me. :) It really isn't that bad, if you get into a little rhythm with the mouse and bop back and forth from window to window. I put a little Led Zeppelin on the computer speakers, got to copying, and now my little site mails are all happily snuggled in a file on my handy flash drive.
THE POSITIVE: It should be done... but maybe it should be a selected by activity... Meaning If you've been posting and have been here some years, you should be safe... When you come across visitors or non active sites, take off that year, monitor for the next year and if nothings happening, delete the whole thing. and now.... THE NEGATIVE: After an artist finds this site, falls in love with it and starts making contacts, THINGS HAPPEN... 1. PEOPLE PASS (Leave, Quit, Die...) and some of us do go back to our old site mail... I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP MY SITE MAILS. I WOULD ALSO LOVE IF WE COULD TYPE IN A NAME, SAY TYPE MY NAME: (MIKEERSON) AND IT WOULD PULL UP ALL SITE MAIL FROM THAT NAME. JUST SOME IDEAS.... IF YOU WANT TO WIPE ME CLEAN... sorry, that didn't sound good... I GUESS IT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
I understand the need to do some cleaning among messages as i have been an administrator of a windows-based network. That said, could it be possible to have a link to small piece of code that exports the user's messages out of the database in one shot, directly in the browser, as phpmyadmin can? So that people who want to keep all their messages could do a single copy-paste to backup everything? Anyway, a big thanks to all the staff for the fantatic job.
700 emails? and you want to keep each and every one? I understand email messages can be important or have sentimental value but are you sure all of them need to be saved. This might be a good excuse to clean things out. You might find a few old messages that you thought were important when you got them but now no longer are. sorry Scooby37, I'm not trying to pick on you specifically. You were the first to post a number.
Well now, I have to say Im not too keen on this idea. From a vendor point of view, I have LOTS of emails in my acct that are work related. I have mails from people who have given me things, to mails I have sent to give people things (be them gifts, prizes or bonuses due) How am I supposed to keep track of whom Ive given stuff to? Oh, right... copy and paste a thousand emails into a word doc LOL!!! Instead of spending my time ACTUALLY working to make money. This really doesn't give a lot of faith in the sitemail system on Rendo (not that I had a lot of faith in it to begin with) As its attached to our accounts, it should be optional to us how long we keep it (even if it means all eternity) just like any email system. Otherwise, its going to get treated as just another worthless and redundant feature on here. At the very least, it would be nice if u guys could automate the process, or perhaps better executed, condense them all into a simple text version, to make it easier on us to back them up.
Thanks for the heads-up. The protocol makes good sense, I think. And, as long as members know what's going on: I don't see a problem. I'm one of those people who makes independent backups of critical information, anyway. Working with IT for 20+ years does something to one's unwavering faith in another system's backup procedures.