Pruning Forums Automatically

You can also set individual forums to automatically prune posts without user intervention. This option can be set while you are creating a forum or after the fact. Figure 10-18 shows an example of editing an existing forum.

General Forum Settings

Forum name

1 Chatty chat chat...

Description

General discussion for all!

Category

1 The Lounge

Forum status

1 Unlocked

Remove topics that have not been posted to in |7 Check for topic age every |l

Days Days

Update 1

Figure 10-18. Editing a forum, paying close attention to the automatic pruning options

Figure 10-18. Editing a forum, paying close attention to the automatic pruning options

Figure 10-16. Selecting a forum to prune

Figure 10-16. Selecting a forum to prune

Figure 10-17. The second part of pruning a forum, where you determine the cutoff

Figure 10-17. The second part of pruning a forum, where you determine the cutoff

The bottom of the form contains the options for automatic pruning. To enable it, check the Enabled check box. You can set the maximum age (the default is seven days) and an interval for checking for topic age (the default is every day). Depending on how active you are about archiving topics and how much load your board takes, you may wish to adjust these settings. More frequent pruning will cause less of an immediate impact on your performance than pruning once over a long period of time. To save your changes, click Update.

When an administrator visits a forum, the auto-pruning feature will see if it needs to be run. If so, it will check the posts and delete them automatically.

â– Caution Auto-pruning occurs without warning. If you decide to enable this option in your forums, make sure you and your moderators regularly archive posts that you wish to keep, as you won't have any warning when phpBB is about to delete posts. If you are concerned about losing data in a forum, I recommend that you leave this option off and prune manually.

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