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It's been another whirlwind week at CAguns.net, and the landscape has shifted considerably. With Calguns back in operation, we've noticed a significant change in our site's metrics—sign-ups and new posts have slowed, a testament to the strong loyalty members hold for Calguns.

Despite this shift, the fluctuation provided us an opportunity to refine and improve. We've addressed several issues that emerged during the surge in traffic, applying throttles—common in cloud-native applications—to maintain service quality and speed.

Now, with these challenges managed and throttles updated, we're poised to focus on growth once more. Changes in storage and bandwidth management, supported by new sponsorships, have opened new avenues for us.

However, the competition remains formidable. Calguns, despite its UX challenges, maintains an active marketplace. Our strategy will be to continue refining our features to enhance user convenience. The introduction of Sub-Regions has already shown promise, with quicker sales transactions by connecting buyers and sellers more efficiently within their local areas.

Thanks to the support from our patrons and advertisers, we've reached new milestones in service provision, positioning us to sustain site operations and further development. Another area we'll be working on is our documentation to clean things up and make an easier path to onboarding.

Looking forward, while the immediate growth spurt has tempered, the foundations laid by our community's support are strong. CAguns.net remains well-prepared for future opportunities. We're grateful for the journey thus far and eager to embrace what comes next, confident in our platform and the community that makes it thrive.


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That’s not a problem right now. We’re not serving a ton of data yet so it’s ok. Eventually what we’ll have is different layers. The free tier can store 1 cover photo and link out while contributors can upload multiple images directly. Since storage and bandwidth costs are a consideration I think this would be the most fair approach. You can still submit images but not at my expense. Then offer a filter based on that. This isn’t til later though and I will likely grandfather existing users of the platform once it happens with a limit of 3 images.
As far as image hosting goes, it would probably be best to have a dedicated image host for the forum instead of utilizing 3rd party uploads to mitigate breadcrumbs & utilize auto deletion of images after a certain time period for the sake of space saving. (I.e. once image reaches 30 days uploaded, uploader gets prompt asking if they want to keep it uploaded for another month; no response in 72hr returns server request for auto delete...etc).
 
As far as image hosting goes, it would probably be best to have a dedicated image host for the forum instead of utilizing 3rd party uploads to mitigate breadcrumbs & utilize auto deletion of images after a certain time period for the sake of space saving. (I.e. once image reaches 30 days uploaded, uploader gets prompt asking if they want to keep it uploaded for another month; no response in 72hr returns server request for auto delete...etc).
We use a dedicated CDN host for images using object storage similar to AWS S3 since its cheap storage, but don't auto-delete as that would cause a lot of broken images. They are deleted if the user deletes them though. We utilize caching for 30 days.
 
We use a dedicated CDN host for images using object storage similar to AWS S3 since its cheap storage, but don't auto-delete as that would cause a lot of broken images. They are deleted if the user deletes them though. We utilize caching for 30 days.
The auto delete was in reference to user uploaded images specifically, such as for classified ads. Totally understand what you mean though. Imagining the site breaking every month if you didn't confirm every image embed sounds like actual hell. Lmao
 

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