where is the SEARCH thing?

Discussion in 'Website' started by xinumaster, May 12, 2010.

  1. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Any update on searching? Is there a plan in place, a plan in action, or nothing. I only ask because search as we all know is very important and a very long standing issue. This site is a wealth of knowledge, and the google site search trick is limited (and even that isn't incorporated. There are many times (recent too) when I needed to find an old important post on the member section (un searchable) and have been shut down. When I cant find the post, I simply give up or have to try and find my answers *shudder* on RC.

    Thanks for any update info.
     
  2. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    Maybe just add a custom Google Search box for now at the top or in the menu?
     
  3. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    double post
     
  4. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

     
  5. Thales

    Thales Past President

    Hey guys,

    Without the search I am really starting to not hang out on the forum. Its too hard to find the discussions I was looking for, or the great information that is in floating around.

    Just an FYI. :D
     
  6. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    I agree rich. I posted a few weeks ago and didn't get an update. Makes me a sad puppy :(
     
  7. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Sorry, I didn't see the August 19th posts until just now. Certainly if anyone has questions/concerns about the website PM is a more reliable way to get my attention since I don't read anywhere near all the posts.

    I'm also sorry that I haven't gotten something in place yet. When I last looked at it I was trying to find a better/faster/more stable search solution. I looked at a couple options but nothing worked out. Then I tried to re-enable the built-in search, hoping that the database optimizations would make that feasible now. I ran into trouble even with that and wasn't able to get it working again.

    I'll take another shot and re-enabling the basic search, and once that's working I'll look into alternatives that are faster and provide things like links directly to the reply that matches, rather than the the thread.
     
  8. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Okay, it's re-enabled and working.... sort of.

    It has to reindex everything and with about 12,000 threads that may take a day or so. In the meantime it's a high load on the server, so it's likely that you will see more frequent errors, timeouts, etc. until it's done.

    I'll continue investigating other search options too.
     
  9. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Looks like it is working pretty good. Fast too.
     
  10. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Well, the indexer is crashing on certain threads for some reason. I'm having to manually coax it through and hack it to exclude those specific threads until I can figure out what's causing that. Hopefully it will stay fast, but it might just be fast because it doesn't have much content yet.

    It looks like we're a couple drupal versions behind now too, so I'll update the software soon. Maybe that will fix some of these problems.
     
  11. justins13

    justins13 Guest

    I thought I was loosing my mind because I couldn't find it. Then I found this thread! I agrea that it is an extremely important feature. The amount of excelent info on this site is a great thing... Unless you can't find it...
     
  12. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    We could always use google for public topics:
    here's a search for "zepplock": http://www.google.com/search?q=zepplock+site:bareefers.org
     
  13. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Zep, that works, but only on half the site. Any post made in a members only forum (a lot) are not part of that return.
     
  14. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Yes, that's why I said: "for public topics".

    BTW, why do we hide the "member only" topics again? I understand DBTC and maybe Buy/Sell, but the rest?
     
  15. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Yahoo!!!!!!!! search is back!!!!!!
    Thanks Erin!
     
  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Incentive to join the club for one.
     
  17. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Thanks Erin :-D It's a good start. Hope it is stable enough to stick around. I'll ask around to see if there are any drupal integrations to allow searching by date+name+subject. Searching now is clunky, but way better than nothing :)
     
  18. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    I'm looking at a search engine called ApacheSOLR. It seems promising, but the setup is quite involved. I was going to try to update us to the latest drupal version too, but it looks like there's a problem with our backup system now, so I'm fixing that before doing any big upgrades.
     

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