Eric M Russell (5/10/2011)
I'm not sure how many users monitor their guest book or blog posts close enough on a daily basis to notice if one (out of a couple hundred) entries from months back suddenly disappeared. I'm sure somebody eventually would, and they'd be really verklempt about it.
If it was an old one then chances are very slim that anyone would notice. I was coming from the perspective that it was the write failing meaning it is a new post instead of an old one. If it's a read that fails and it shows up after a refresh no one is going to care if it's Facebook or a blog. Well, no one should care. If it were a medical record, one bad read can have very, very bad consequences even if the data shows up on a refresh.
It would depend on the data that was lost.
If we're talking blogs, for example, there are entries on some that I reference pretty regularly, even though they are far from recent. For example, just yesterday, I had four devs read an older article on Gail Shaw's blog. If that entry disappeared, it would be noticed, and it would matter.
How about if older movies started disappearing from IMDB?
So, it depends on the data. I guess the point is, if your social site of choice is using a non-ACID data repository, don't put any data into it that would matter if it suddenly goes away. "Matter" is always subjective, so pick your fights on that one.
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