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Search feature not working

Unread post by insertomit » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:11 pm

Wanted to add some feedback after the new update. I noticed that the search feature is not working. I get a 500 error when I search anything.

Edit: It seems the wildcards are not working.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by chris » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:25 pm

Thank you for reporting this. I was able to replicate this problem.

With all the complaints we've been seeing with respect to search, I decided to switch the indexing backend. We were previously using SQL-based full-text indexing, and now we're using phpBB's own native indexing. From my limited initial tests it appears to work better, but we'll keep an eye on it, and appreciate your feedback.

Since searching is (or can be depending on the query) very resource-intensive, we will continue to restrict searching when the system is under high load (cpu at > 75% capacity).

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by billy12345 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:22 am

Search feature has not worked for me since the update.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by chris » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:41 pm

Try your search later in the day (east coast time) or evening. Mornings are busiest.

More on search policy and in general:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=53047&p=951501#p951501

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by billy12345 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:49 am

I try it morning noon and night. It never works and it is extremely frustrating as I used to use that feature regularly. I know nothing about this stuff, but you'd think a forum like this would make having the search feature function correctly, any time of the day, a priority.

Not trying to be rude and I mean no disrespect, but I've never run across this issue on any other forum.....

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by chris » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:22 pm

I just tried it and it worked, first time. I generally find that when I do get the error, I try again a few minutes later and it works.

Search does have significant restrictions on users that are not signed in. Maybe you're not signed in when you try your searches?

The reason for the restriction is because searching can be CPU-intensive depending on the search query. CPU costs money. OHW doesn't make money other than its sponsors, leaving allengt to foot the difference out of his own pocket. The only way we can run a lean site inexpensively, and keep it fast and available to all users, is to restrict usage that heavily consumes an outsized amount of CPU. That starts with search.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by MichaelW » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:03 am

Search is extremely slow when it does work for me, which so far rarely works at all. Try at different times of the day too.
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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by chris » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:04 pm

We are revisiting search, thx for the report.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by billy12345 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:15 am

Just tried again...still not working

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by Wisher » Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:11 am

It's something like 40% of the times I try to use Active Topics or Your Posts that it fails with the 'too busy' message, even when there are no other users showing as active.
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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by Mr Ares » Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:43 am

Search still does not work. I guess this is something folks are aware of but can't fix? Couldn't sleep so I am up at 2am so seems unlikely that high load is the problem. Unless maintenance is being done, i suppose. Don't log on here much but I know my wife has been on here lately. I like to search by her name to see if she has written anything new about recent escapades of ours!

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by chris » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:45 am

Two things going on.

1. The block on search whenever there is high load. This unfortunately needs to continue, as high load prevents others from using the site. Based on my own experiences, I get the message about 50% of the time. The load is computed on a 1-minute average, so waiting 1-2 minutes and trying again usually works.

2. The search itself can suck, depending on the search query. This is a problem with the phpBB software. We've tried different approaches and haven't had much luck. We have submitted a bug request to the makers of phpBB and hope for a fix on the next update.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by billy12345 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:39 am

No dice. Waited a couple minutes, tried again. No dice. It’s 5:30 am EST here too.

This feature hasn’t worked in over a month since the site has updated. Not coincidentally, this has als coincided with significantly less visits here by me. Shame. I used to love this forum.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by MichaelW » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:56 am

Search for me always says it is too busy, try another time, and I have yet to find a time when it is not busy: morning, throughout the day, night. Please help.
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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by billy12345 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:07 am

Is this ever going to be fixed?

Will this forum become the only forum on the internet without a properly functioning search feature?

I don’t get it.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by billy12345 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:15 am

Actually it only works if you do a search going back 1 day...which of course is not remotely close to optimal. Please fix this. Thank you.

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Re: Search feature not working

Unread post by chris » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:03 am

billy12345 wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:07 am
Is this ever going to be fixed?

Will this forum become the only forum on the internet without a properly functioning search feature?

I don’t get it.
This forum is the only forum on the internet dedicated to the hotwife & cuckold lifestyle that does not also bombard you with advertising, charge monthly fees, track you, and so on.

This forum is run by unpaid volunteers, and our hosting costs are covered (barely) by voluntary donations.

We will do our best to fix the search feature when we are able, and when the budget permits.

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