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Hey folks. As some of you may have noticed, dagblog has become somewhat sluggish in maturity. When she was brand new, she zipped along like a peppy new sports car. But over the years, she has filled out a bit. The server is groaning under the weight of some 8,777 blog posts and 96,105 comments, and dag's reaction time has slowed to a crawl.
In the past, we made some quick fixes to keep her running, such as disabling the search feature. But we're out of quick fixes.
The obvious solution would be to get a new server capable of carrying all that weight, but those servers don't come cheap, and we run a pretty tight budget around here. When I get a chance, I'll look into cloud hosting options that might boost the power without boosting the cost, but that process will require a fair amount of time and the end result might not be much better.
In the meantime, we'd like to propose the technical equivalent of a tummy-tuck. If we archive all the old comments from before 2012, it would take a lot of pressure off the server, and I expect that dag would run lighter. We would still leave up the blog posts themselves, but we would take down the comment threads and store them so that we could access them if needed and bring them back to life if we ever get a faster server.
Please let us know how you feel about this proposal. We're not enthusiastic about removing all that content from the great World Wide Web, but doing so will make room for a lot more comments in the future.