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Search function

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2024 8:49 am
by joel68
The search function has been down for quite some time. It says it's overloaded. It has not happened like this before. Usually after an hour or so, it can be utilized. What's up with this? And are the powers in charge aware of it?

Re: Search function

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2024 9:35 am
by afagehi7
joel68 wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2024 8:49 am
The search function has been down for quite some time. It says it's overloaded. It has not happened like this before. Usually after an hour or so, it can be utilized. What's up with this? And are the powers in charge aware of it?
We have limited resources based on the hosting plan. It would cost more money to make this feature more widely available and we run on donations instead of membership fees and advertising. Best time to use it is off hours.

Search is expensive as far as computational resources to perform a search. Imagine if you had a 1000 page phonebook that was not in alphabetical order and were asking to locate the phone number for brad pitt. It would take you a long time and you'd probably give up but we could hire 20 people to help you.. so the cost would increase... Money we just don't have and we think staying free without advertising is more important.

Re: Search function

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2024 10:45 am
by joel68
Ok. Thxs. So does it still work at all if the board is not too busy?

Re: Search function

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2024 6:47 pm
by afagehi7
joel68 wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2024 10:45 am
Ok. Thxs. So does it still work at all if the board is not too busy?
Normally if its not too busy and you don't try a large search it should work.

Re: Search function

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:02 pm
by joel68
Ok. Thxs.

Re: Search function

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2024 12:31 am
by kaskap79
joel68 wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:02 pm
Ok. Thxs.
You are always welcome to become a sponsor and get your name in green. :P

Re: Search function

Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2024 2:58 am
by afagehi7
kaskap79 wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2024 12:31 am
joel68 wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2024 7:02 pm
Ok. Thxs.
You are always welcome to become a sponsor and get your name in green. :P
Absolutely. A benefactor making a large donation would help us to upgrade the resources available

Re: Search function

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2024 1:11 pm
by BB-Kink
afagehi7 wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2024 6:47 pm

Normally if its not too busy and you don't try a large search it should work.
Suggestion --- When the displayed warning is that it's too busy, show this instead or in addition:

Server's too busy right now -- Here are some examples that should make searches run faster, use less resources:
-- DO search for
-- DON'T search [often] for "screw" -- By the time the server finishes coming up with 4,000,000 references, you'll be screwed out of getting any results!

---- Lousy examples, no doubt. But, it's easy to ask for the wrong search strings that will send a server into deep space for a long time. Depending of the service provider like AWS, and it can also get very expensive in $$. I bit of guidance might help us, if the guidance was either present when an error occurred, or a link to that guidance.

Re: Search function

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2024 6:07 am
by Openturtleguy
I haven’t even been able to load the search page for a week. :(

Re: Search function

Posted: Fri Feb 23, 2024 9:24 am
by afagehi7
Openturtleguy wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2024 6:07 am
I haven’t even been able to load the search page for a week. :(
It works for me during non-peak hours but we should probably just disable it all together. It consumes resources we don't have and don't have a stable income to afford... We don't want ads...