I'm looking for a way to automatically delete user-sent messages from a database after a user-defined time limit has been met or exceeded. What would be the easiest way to accomplish this? The time limit is set using an input element with the value of the type attribute as range, it can be anywhere from 0 (message won't be deleted) to 60 seconds (message will delete in 60 seconds).
Would it be easier to accomplish this server-side or client side? I was thinking about adding a 'self_destruct' field to the messages table and checking the sent field against the self destruct field.