In Reply to: Re: the UPSET JIM thread, for all who are interest posted by J on March 29, 1999 at 09:40:54:
: Since I'm pretty much against censorship I'd say nobody should be deleting any messages.
: However, I'm also a firm supporter of the idea: "If you have nothing constructive to say, say nothing...".
: Lastly, why bother deleting the messages anyway, they only last a few days at the outside...
I agree and disagree with you. First, I completely agree with you about not saying anything if you hvae nothing constructive to say. The funny thing is, I would not have deleted the UPSET JIM thread in the first place if it hadn't had so many responses. I'm more than happy to leave a standalone statement of someone's mentality on the board, but when a nonsense thread gets out of hand, I sometimes nuke it.
The reason I nuke it isn't because I care so much about the content--it is more a matter of bandwidth and convenience to board readers. I say, and someone please feel free to disagree with me, that 99% of board readers could care less about an argument on the merits of a 1.9 Z3. The problem is, that one thread contained HTML code on the main page of 5658 bytes. That isn't counting the messages in it themselves--just the code required on the main page to display it. Over a period of 4 days, that 5658 bytes turns into over 100 megabytes of wasted bandwidth based on how many times the main page of the board is loaded. That alone gave me justification enough to relegate it to the archives for those who really cared to read it.