posted on Jun, 25 2013 @ 09:12 AM
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
reply to post by Blue_Jay33
No other forums get the traffic we do. There are many "typical" forum features we don't have.
Think about it...
If we logged every view, that's a processing-costly write to the database (to increment the view count) every time a thread page is viewed. Reading
from the database to assemble a thread is efficient... but our traffic is average of 2 million pages viewed every day, our technology budget could not
support the server cluster needed to support automatic view-count increments. Even YouTube doesn't do that.
(We looked at YouTube's method of incrementing a separate database, but it still requires the cost of another server just for a minor metric.)
Later you say 80-90% of visits are from guests, this must be lots of google searches on topics, very interesting.
I appreciate the need to conserve costly database, but is the issue automatic view counts instantly displayed because even YouTube doesn't do that ?
It could be done once every 24 hours, would that eat less data.
Or only let signed in members have access to that, the visitors that don't bother to sign up don't need to see it.
Of coarse the data saved might be so minisscule it's not worth it too. Obviously ATS has to pick it's battles when it come to data usage, I post to
about 6 other forums, and ATS is the only one that does not have it, maybe because they are just using that simple Vbulletin style. ATS is much more
robust and detailed and I know that uses more data and we can't have it both ways, I have to be realistic.
But thanks for fully explaining it to me.
edit on 25-6-2013 by Blue_Jay33 because: (no reason given)