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The search function is broken, what I do?
« on: May 04, 2013, 08:41:07 pm »
Several people asked us on IRC and on the forums why they aren't allowed to search the forums, the simple answer is: We've disabled the search engine.

Why? Well, the search engine was taking up lots of resources on the server and was painfully slow each time someone would use it, so we just disabled it.

Okay then, but how I would search the forums now? Use your favorite search engine such as Google and prefix your query with "site:omnimaga.org", like on this picture:



Otherwise, some members set us up personalized Google Searches just here and here so you don't have to type the prefix out.

Now next time someone asks, you can link them this topic! And as always, thanks for flying Omnimaga.
« Last Edit: May 04, 2013, 08:41:54 pm by Juju »

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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 08:50:23 pm »
Hopefully people see this news and no longer ask everyday :P

Also trying site:www.omnimaga.org can possibly yield extra results. I noticed this happening with simplemachines.org.

Btw is the search engine slowness due to server misconfig or is the calculator Omnimaga runs on simply not powerful enough to sustain the extreme load?

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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 08:52:00 pm »
Nice to see this newsed, hopefully it'll lead to less people asking about it. :P
Another option (kind of a personal preference) is to have a bookmarklet do the site:<current site> for you.

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javascript:q=""+(window.getSelection?window.getSelection():document.getSelection?document.getSelection():document.selection.createRange().text);if(!q)q=prompt("No%20selected%20text;%20enter%20search%20term.").replace(/\s\+/g,"%252B");if(q!=null)location="http://www.google.com/search?q="+q.replace(/\s+/g,"+")+"+site:"+location.hostname;void(0);

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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 09:32:45 pm »
Sorunome could add word filters on OmnomIRC that can detects if somebody asks why the search is broken or why can't I search and make OmnomIRC automatically redirect them here in an iframe, with a rickroll right besides. :P

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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 10:56:09 pm »
Speaking of search engines, I noticed this:

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User-agent: Baiduspider
Disallow: /

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User-agent: Baiduspider
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Disallow: /

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User-agent: Baiduspider
Disallow: /

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Did Baidu not get the message the first time?

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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2013, 01:20:01 am »
Can you put a display:none on the search box?  That way, nobody would type in it by accident.
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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2013, 08:02:40 am »
Maybe you could redirect any search entered to this
"https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aomnimaga.org".$_POST['search']

(I don't know how it was managed, but a simple redirection should be ok, or include this page with an omnimaga header if you want)
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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2013, 12:59:02 pm »
Or someone should replace the search box completely with Google's.

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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2013, 01:02:01 pm »
That's a better way of dealing with this issue indeed. As long as this search bar is there and it doesn't work even for registred users people will ask the same question over and over. Is it possible to use an SFM plugin that replaces the search with google custom search?
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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2013, 01:21:29 pm »
That's a better way of dealing with this issue indeed. As long as this search bar is there and it doesn't work even for registred users people will ask the same question over and over. Is it possible to use an SFM plugin that replaces the search with google custom search?
Yeah, you're right. But I think admins don't really have much time lately, so we're just telling people the search bar is broken until some admin have time to deal with this.

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Re: Re: Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2013, 02:42:55 pm »
That's a better way of dealing with this issue indeed. As long as this search bar is there and it doesn't work even for registred users people will ask the same question over and over. Is it possible to use an SFM plugin that replaces the search with google custom search?
Only in SMF 2.0. People have pretty much stopped creating/maintaining SMF 1.1.x plugins.

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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2013, 03:33:54 pm »
Only in SMF 2.0. People have pretty much stopped creating/maintaining SMF 1.1.x plugins.
What's deterring us from updating?
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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2013, 04:17:42 pm »
Only in SMF 2.0. People have pretty much stopped creating/maintaining SMF 1.1.x plugins.
What's deterring us from updating?
We have like 6 themes we have to update to SMF 2.0 format, plus updating all the plugins we have to SMF 2.0 as well, maybe even rewrite our homemade plugins such as OmnomIRC, which is pretty much a tedious task. We're working on it though.

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Re: Re: Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2013, 05:24:05 pm »
Only in SMF 2.0. People have pretty much stopped creating/maintaining SMF 1.1.x plugins.
What's deterring us from updating?
We have like 6 themes we have to update to SMF 2.0 format, plus updating all the plugins we have to SMF 2.0 as well, maybe even rewrite our homemade plugins such as OmnomIRC, which is pretty much a tedious task. We're working on it though.
i know the v5 themes and to a lesser extent v2 are based on v4 (which is based on SMF 1.1 default), so those might take less time to update (mostly CSS color and image set changes), but the other two themes are different and v5 has to be converted to begin with. Thankfully the smf 1.1 classic style theme is still available in v2 format so it saves some work, but I would still say 60-90 hours total, based on how long it took me to create the themes.

For now I guess a custom search could be added in the current themes via the editor there (I think we can even hide the current search then add our own HTML or PHP code).

I think there is a 1.1 to 2.0 converter when you attempt to upgrade the board, but I tried it once and it totally destroyed the theme.
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Re: The search function is broken, what I do?
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2013, 05:57:11 pm »
You should add to your post the @omnimaga <search> :P

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