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upDaily Message Quota
An explanation of the guestbook quota system.

My guestbook incorporates a quota system so that the guestbook doesn't get too full up and occupy too many server resources.

It works on a fairly simple process of having a preset limit on the number of messages allowed within a calendar month, then dividing this into 30 to calculate a rough average number of new messages per day. The server will then multiply this by the number of the current day of the month.

If the number of messages posted so far, exceeds this calculated average, you will get the daily message quota exceeded warning and you won't be able to post a comment, but you can still read the previous comments.

This means there is no limit to the number of messages allowed per day, as long as the average remains within the monthly average. To give an example, say today is the 17th of the month:-

Limit of 200 messages per month = approx 7 messages a day.

Therefore, on the 17th of the month, the limit shouldn't exceed 17 * 7 = 119 messages.

If there are more than 119 messages by the 17th of the month, you won't be able to post a new message until the number falls within the quota limits.

If you re-visit the following day (the 18th) the quota will now be 18 * 7 = 126 messages.

Apologies for any inconvenience, but this limit has been imposed to try to avoid excessive use of the guestbook and to keep server load to an acceptable limit. In normal usage, you shouldn't reach the quota limit.

Please feel free to email me if you don't understand this description, or you would like more information.

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