Every question is the database adds a huge amount of data:

  • The question
  • The answer(s)
  • All the comments
  • Rev history for question
  • Rev history for answer(s)
  • Associated tags
  • Linked questions
  • etc etc

All this ASCII has got to take up an amazing amount of space! Megabytes, perhaps! Why not limit the question index to 16 bits just to keep the database manageable?

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    – bitsmack
    Aug 25, 2016 at 19:09

1 Answer 1


It's because so much awesomeness couldn't fit in a mere two bytes!

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(I tried to catch it at 65,536, but I missed)

Happy Third Byte, everybody!


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