…I am seriously shocked to hear those numbers at what you just said. “Sometimes there’s a new post every minute, but not always, it’s usually 2 or 3 people at a moment”- did you just hear yourself?! That will SERIOUSLY mess up the system! And remember, these forums are NEW. EPISODE is still working on bugs on these new forums! That’s why they shut it down for a couple of hours a day or so ago! They also probably spent that time looking for forums that could potentially cause the website to crash. Or at least the forums.
And even if they used to get only a new post every 6 minutes, 60divided by 6=10 so 10 per hour, doesn’t look so scary, but then you multiply it by 24 hours, then it ends up being 240 per 24 hours on a SINGULAR post. But wait, it doesn’t end there. 240 multiplied by 30 (as that’s the most common amount of days in a month) and you get 7,200 per month. Then you multiply that by 12 and you get 86,400 per YEAR. But that’s just the sometimes days, right? You’ve got to add in all the SOME days where it gets really busy. 1 per minute you said? Okay, so lets say that at least once a day per week is when the forum was at it’s busiest.
60 divided by 1 is 60, so 60 per hour.
60 x 24 is 1,440, so 1,440 posts a DAY.
Here’s where it gets a little scary (math wise).
If we’re still going by the average amount of days in a month, not including the 31 days or 28, so 30 divided by seven, is 4 rounded, so about 4 days.
So our earlier number of 1,440 posts a day and multiply it by the number of days it should be active in a week, then it’s 5,760.
So how many days are in a year? 365 days. So every month which is 30 days our average, but we’ve gotten rid of the 30 days for the time where it’s busiest, so it’s 4 days a month. So divide 365 days by 4, then you get 91 rounded days. So that’s around 3 months worth of full day posts, so multiply it 3 times over by the original monthly number with itself? 17,280 posts a year for once a week busiest day. At LEAST. So put those numbers together and you have…
103,680 posts a year. And like I said, AT LEAST.
Then you times that by 3 (for the amount of years you said it was at least alive for) and you get the (should be) final calculation of…
311,040 AT LEAST.
Now imagine this scenario, if you will.
You’re a programmer, who’s spent countless hours working on a website that you know is going to be overrun by teenagers who can’t really think for themselves, and that website, is incredibly glitchy(to a programmer)because you just put it out. And suddenly, you have this thread that’s threatening to crash the website you spent countless hours on with COUNTLESS posts a day. This is HORROR to a programmer, to anyone really. And the only conclusion they can come up with, is, while not deleting, locking the thread, hopefully, for the time being until the website’s better and can handle it better.
Now if you excuse me, I need an ice pack for my brain, haven’t run it that hard in a while.