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JiggeryPokery
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Post 27 Oct 2017

Is it just me, or is the inactivity timer set to log users out a bit on the low side?

By the time a post is written and I've hit submit, I've been logged out. I log in and now the post is gone. Fortunately the forum does seem to respond to Page Back recovery of the post editor with text generally intact. I've now got in the habit of doing Ctrl-A on the post text before pressing submit rather pre-empting the inevitable auto-log out.

... ctrl-A... submit... ;)

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JiggeryPokery
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Post 27 Oct 2017

The timer is definitely longer than that post ;)

What is the timer length? Is there margin for a reasonable increase?

WongoTheSane
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Location: Paris, France

Post 27 Oct 2017

Most servers (Apache, IIS...) have a 20 minutes default window. Unless I'm mistaken, it's been this way since the late nineties, as a middle ground: on one hand, it could be increased, but on the other it would be costly in terms of resources (each session has to hold a number of parameters in RAM, and also takes a modest amount of processing power), so it's generally frowned upon (by "frowned upon", I mean that if you post "how can I increase the timeout on server X" on StackOverflow, you can bet on getting 50 answers telling you why it's wrong, and none telling you how to do it).

IIRC, the server hit 70% capacity when VSTs were announced, so increasing the timer in a manner significant enough to make it noticeable would have probably caused drop-outs in this case. Kenni could probably increase the RAM capacity on the server, but he's doing all this out of his own pocket and I don't think the ads cover that much yet, so there's a limit here as well.

Page Back recovery (circa 2002/2003?) was/is a godsend indeed! :)

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