@justmeow one thing I've learned recently about Firestore read/writes count - they're liberally counting everything as an operation, even if it's implicit.
I've been creating data bundles to help mitigate some of this, but I don't know anymore. Not feeling confident about wanting to continue using Firebase in general.
Did some research and noticed others are running into similar situations while using other Firebase functionality: https://www.reddit.com/r/Firebase/comments/p0rweb/how_is_my_storage_usage_so_high/
Personal experience: while developing locally and only using Firebase Firestore + Authentication, I hit the 50% free quota quickly. So I switched to the emulator for local development, but the compound calculations for using their services is concerning.
Edit for more context, here's a DB request count for a forum that has zero users which I'm setting up and have been experimenting with for a few days:Number of Requests 186,922