Pastebin was conceived as a way to post code into an IRC or IM conversation, so the post itself was thought to be quite ephemeral. Therefore, the database didn’t retain posts for very long. However, this has surprised some users, who expected a little more permanence.
I’ve rectified this in v0.50. There are three options to suit various users
- expiry in a day – great for IRC or IM, where the post will be read pretty much immediately and then fall out of use
- expire in a month – great for exploring code ideas or problems via email
- never expire – the post lives forever. This is really for retaining code snippets you want to share with others.
I’m going to add more features that will make pastebin more useful for long term storage of code snippets, watch this space!