Just a short dev blog here. I recently wiped all gearsets on character profiles. There were 2 reasons for this, which I'll go in detail! However your profile will update and re-obtain gear-sets as you wear them. If you want to fill them up quickly, logout with a set and it should parse over night :) Just do a manual update in the morning.
Issue 1: Bugged gearsets for: NIN/MCH/DRK
For a couple weeks I had the ID's for the NIN/MCH and DRK soul crystals incorrectly set on the character gearset tracking script. This would cause NIN gear to show on MCH, or MCH gear on DRK. There was no easy way to fix existing ones other than deleting them, and so I just decided to delete them!
Issue 2: Gearsets were saved for each item level
This was the main issue really.
Gearsets used to save per item level. If you happen to just save 1 set per item level you could effectively get around 275 gearsets for a single class. This is not good!, multiply that by all classes and you get 6,325 gearsets on a profile... Multiply that by all characters currently on the site and you end up with something like 10 billion gearsets. Bit bonkers and impossible to store (for me at least!).
This is a bit of an extreme example but with 1.7m characters there were nearly 20 million gearsets, and realistically there are only around 300k or so active characters, so those 300k had made 18+m gearsets. Many profiles had 20-30 gearsets for a class that was levellng 1-60.
Having a ton of gearsets on a profile is not that interesting and a lot of members kept having to delete old sets when they had only went up a few item levels due to obtaining a new weekly item which is tedious.
So, I wiped them all. Gearsets will now save per class rather than per item level which makes it much less spammy.
Now to get ready for Patch 3.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!