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Falling Post Counts!

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I posted a celebratory picture on Picture of the Day the other day for my 6700th post. I have also posted a fair number since then but today my post count is showing as 6664? That implies some have gone missing! Any ideas? It matters to me as my continual posting record I keep is now out of sync it would appear?? :o :shock:

For reference it appears I am not the only one affected. The last record I logged on 25/07/21 was:

USER POSTS
admiral51 2316
bobins 4099
CitroenXM 7992
CitroJim 44009
daviemck2006 4968
doctle 956
Dormouse 579
EDC5 1225
Gibbo2286 5267
GiveMeaBreak 24465
HarryP 668
Hell Razor5543 11744
Lexi 8390
Michel 1930
Mickthemaverick 6700
Moizeau 1128
MyGlaren 19944
NewcastleFalcon 16155
old'uns 541
Paul-R 5370
Peter_N 10724
Richard_C 522
RichardW 9554
Skull 818
Sloppysod 600
Timmo 1330
wheeler 7144
xantia_v6 7848
Zelandeth 3973
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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Do you know what the pictures were Mick? Also which thread they were in.
Deleted posts are not usually actually deleted, just hidden from view and can be restored but a quick look hasn't revealed anything untoward.
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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As you can see Steve it is not just me affected, you were too as were many others? :?
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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Even Jim has been affected without posting for the last couple of months, he is now showing as 43889 when he has been on 44009 since his last activity!
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mickthemaverick wrote:
30 Jul 2021, 22:11
As you can see Steve it is not just me affected, you were too as were many others? :?
Not sure I follow. I don't keep track of my post count if that is what you mean.
I wouldn't know if any of my posts were gone either, I don't normally revisit them - they are usually forgotten within minutes.
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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The only thing that comes to mind is that threads in the For Sale & Wanted forum are automatically purged periodically.
Seems rather unlikely though.
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My profile shows I currently have a 'score' of 11,668. This means that 76 posts have gone 'missing'.
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I have listed users and their post counts on 25th above and there are many who have lost. In Jim's case his post count has dropped by 120 , mine by 35 from what it was on that date but I have posted a fair number since then so the actual loss is greater. :?
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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Can you look through these Mick and see if anything significant pops up?

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Re: Disappearing Posts!

Post by xantia_v6 »

The issue that you have noticed is due to the way the forum counts posts. It should not have affected the availability of any existing posts.

The forum keeps a post counter for each user, which is incremented each time a user makes a post and decremented when a post is deleted. There are some moderator actions which manipulate the counter. The forum software can also calculate the number of user posts by querying the database and counting the number of actual existing posts by a user. The two counts can get out of synchronisation, sometime due to bugs in the forum software, and sometimes due to software crashes or administrative actions that interrupt a post that is in the process of being put into the database.

There is a tool for forum administrators that forces the counts for all users to be synchronised to the current contents of the database, and I recently ran that procedure, for the first time in at least 5 years. This is what has caused the reported posts per user to suddenly drop. I don't expect that the post counts will diverge significantly in the future, as more recent software versions are better in this regard.

Sorry to have caused any stress with this, but it had to happen at some point.
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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Excellent news. At least no one has been stealing posts and selling them to other forums.
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Ok thanks Mike now I understand. I'm guessing then, that the posts we are now short of were probably ones that have been purged from the Sale or Wanted over the last couple of years during which period the database hasn't been synced with the tool. In which case I will not repost a 6700 car as it was correctly posted at the time. I'll run on from there with my next milestone being 6800 on the counter, Thanks for the clarification. On the ball as ever and much appreciated!! :-D
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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Now, who would want to steal our posts?
Except, that is...
Citroen
Toyota
Nissan
Tesla
CPRE
The AA
ECP
National Grid
and the Rusty Racks Corporation

:-$
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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I sincerely hope not Chris, or our fence may fall down! :sulk:
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Re: Disappearing Posts!

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Erm, I have not posted anything in the For Sale section, so that does not explain MY missing posts! :(