Announcement Concerning Your Site Mails

April 1, 2009 9:28 am

Tags: Renderosity, Site Mail


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 Thanks for your cooperation.

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Sa_raneth ( posted at 10:12AM Wed, 01 April 2009

sounds like a good thing to me

Rodma_Hu ( posted at 11:44AM Wed, 01 April 2009

Perhaps we should limit artwork to 300 images per user account instead?? That would clean up considerably more trash.

ilanea ( posted at 1:20PM Wed, 01 April 2009

and they had to make this announcement on april fools! will any one believe this?

anitalee ( posted at 1:49PM Wed, 01 April 2009

Sounds good to me. SO not ok with the suggestion of Rodma_Hu to limit gallery images though, cause if you do that, then what is the point of posting my images here.

decie ( posted at 1:58PM Wed, 01 April 2009

@ 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

paganeagle2001 ( posted at 2:02PM Wed, 01 April 2009

Ahem!!! Perhaps you should check todays date???

Jumpstartme2 ( posted at 2:20PM Wed, 01 April 2009

At this time we have no plans on limiting gallery uploads. ~Jani Renderosity Community Admin

scooby37 ( posted at 2:46PM Wed, 01 April 2009

I have (had) over 700 site mails and I wanted to keep them, really. copying that many mails would take me years. I guess I'd better let you delete them :(

-Wolfie- ( posted at 6:58PM Wed, 01 April 2009

Sounds like it could be a good idea, even if it is April Fools. :-)

Rodma_Hu ( posted at 12:30AM Thu, 02 April 2009

I am often rebuked for my cynical nature. It may be the primary lesson I am to learn in this lifetime. Humility is the servant of the Divine, not of self. My apologies for any offense.

Phuzzie ( posted at 10:19AM Thu, 02 April 2009

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.

StaceyG ( posted at 11:05AM Thu, 02 April 2009

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

Pirx33 ( posted at 12:51PM Thu, 02 April 2009

April 1 - joke?

CaptainJack1 ( posted at 2:40PM Thu, 02 April 2009

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.

StaceyG ( posted at 3:49PM Thu, 02 April 2009

Good deal Capt! You worked it out!! Now you volunteering your services to others? lol

CaptainJack1 ( posted at 3:58PM Thu, 02 April 2009

Oh now... can you imagine me having access to everyone's passwords to do that? I'm a good guy and everything, but that's some sore temptation, that is. :)

Jumpstartme2 ( posted at 6:49PM Thu, 02 April 2009

Gang, just to point out again what Stacey said..This Is NOT An April Fools joke. Sitemails older than 1 year old WILL be deleted on Monday, April 13th 2009. Thanks! ~Jani

shadelix ( posted at 11:32PM Thu, 02 April 2009

@scooby37 @Phuzzie I agree with you: copy/paste would have made me mad too. You can save time if you just open your site mails and save the html file. A little script to extract the messages into a text file then ... ;-))

mikeerson ( posted at 12:27AM Fri, 03 April 2009

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.

infocyp ( posted at 5:35AM Fri, 03 April 2009

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.

RedPhantom ( posted at 9:11AM Fri, 03 April 2009

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.

IgnisSerpentus ( posted at 10:30AM Fri, 03 April 2009

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.

Limepie ( posted at 2:03PM Fri, 03 April 2009

If you have links to additional content, in your emails from vendors that were running a sale, you definitely want to save those. I'm glad I checked. Because that stuff isn't saved in your account history.

Norski ( posted at 2:51PM Fri, 03 April 2009

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.

Norski ( posted at 2:53PM Fri, 03 April 2009

(following up on my recent opinion re. 'unwavering faith') - I've been very impressed by Renderosity's tech and people: But I know that SNAFUs happen, even in the best-run systems.

Cassandra8348 ( posted at 5:06AM Sat, 04 April 2009

Sounds like a good idea to me, but then I don't have anything older than two months (^_^)

Khushrenada ( posted at 5:48AM Sat, 04 April 2009

can't see how this is any sort of a problem? I don't get a lot of site mail and I'm lazy,so if the staff wants to clean house,they can start with mine :)just joking but I am lazy...

Wryter ( posted at 6:31AM Sat, 04 April 2009

Great idea, works for me. I clean my own mail out reg cuz it builds up fast at times and if it facilitates things better for all sweet then. Progress is power, well in most cases.

shonsu ( posted at 9:06PM Sat, 04 April 2009

Great idea but after you delete the ones you want, you should be able to just go "NEXT" to move to the next email instead of having to click GO again on ARCHIVES. A lot of work when it's really isn't necessary.

stick ( posted at 6:06AM Sun, 05 April 2009

Good idea, I usually delete mine so it doesn't build up. I print the ones I want to keep and put them in a notebook. Those are usually asking for tips or help.