The only real question was who deleted them. There were several threads that talked about what happened to the threads over in TPM forum. The gist of it was the database had grown over 15GB, and someone (whether it was the server owner, Snowball, or whatever, you can simply replace "server owner" with whoever it was in my statement) went in and deleted a bunch of stuff. The way it was done, it looked like the person doing it didn't much care which threads they were deleting. They just deleted a bunch of big threads to save a few dozen or few hundred MB. That's why I think it was just some techie who has direct access to the server. At any rate, in the long run, clearly this policy will eventually save space. Anyways, if you seriously wouldn't have preferred a diplomatic approach to the pissy attitude we got, you're a tough customer. Edit: Eh, this thread is going so fast it's gonna be one of the threads that becomes an issue. My post is sort of in response to Jeff 42.