I don't really like the idea of allowing diary stuff to be promoted to the queue. First, you can do that already (this story started life as a diary entry, and was submitted as a story after several people lobbied Paul) simply by taking your text and posting it as a story. If you want to use it as an article "pre-release" queue, that's fine.
But I also want people to feel free to write any crap that's on their mind in their diary. It's *your* space. That's what it's for. To allow voting of diary stuff into the main content of the site feels like an invasion to me. At least, it would potentially make people more skittish about posting their random thoughts.
I'm not worried about the space that diaries take up. If I was, I probably wouldn't have done them, right? :-) If you're sorried about the server, here are some stats as of right now:
2:33am up 63 days, 8:41, 1 user, load average: 2.22, 2.08, 2.11
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 971520 966216 5304 328964 20432 305732
-/+ buffers/cache: 640052 331468
Swap: 297152 18284 278868
Open web connections: 38
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3 486M 354M 107M 77% /
/dev/sda5 973M 458M 465M 50% /usr
/dev/sda6 486M 12M 449M 3% /var
/dev/sda7 201M 2.1M 188M 1% /tmp
/dev/sdb2 17G 1.1G 16G 6% /var/lib/mysql
/dev/sda8 15G 1.7G 13G 12% /var/lib/apache
Things to note: it's a dual processor box, and running dnetc, so the baseline CPU load is 2.00. If it's not doing *anything*, the load is 2. So, 2.22 is not exactly a crushing load. At peak times (5-7PM EST) it gets up around 2.6. Also not anything to be worried about.
Look at the last two partitions in the df output. sdb2 is only for mysql stuff, and sda8 is only for apache. As you can see, they each have plenty of room to grow. :-)
Another thing I think you're misinterpreting is the raw story numbers vs. the percentage of content. In their average length, diary entries are pretty comparable to comments. "Real" stories tend to be longer, and also draw a lot more comments. I doubt that diaries are taking up much more than 1/4 of the actual byte storage, despite seeming like a flood of stuff.
And a final point. I think fluffy's right, but that people will (and already have) start to calm down once the first week or so is over, and everyone's tested it out, and typed "First post!" and stuff. Give it a little time, before we start thinking about how it can be fixed. :-)
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