In Reply to: 78 Gigs????? posted by Rudy on October 24, 1999 at 13:40:07:
: Anyway you could make the replies that quote previous messages not store the previous message itself but just refer to it? So that when somebody writes something really long and ten people reply to it with just on line but quote the whole thing you would only be storing one copy and referring to it (transparent to reader) in all the other messages. A sort of lossless compression I guess.
78 gigs is what was transferred off of this site--has nothing to do with how things are stored. If someone views a piece of text, no matter whether it is stored as one copy or stored multiple times in different replies, it gets transferred across the network.
I do have a plan for how to cut the bandwidth on individual messages down by about a third, but it is going to take a fair amount of programming work so it will have to wait.