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Search has been disabled?

Postby Sceptra Tenens » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:17 am

Since the forum has been repaired, all search functions have disappeared. Is this intentional?
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Adelheid » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:58 pm

I just ran into that as well. The FAQ states nothing in the 'Search' section about it being disabled so it must be a glitch.

I have been away for a month, so missed that repair of the forum. What was that about?
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Anthony Appleyard » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:53 am

Please restore the search-the-archive function.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Sceptra Tenens » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:37 pm

Adelheid wrote:I have been away for a month, so missed that repair of the forum. What was that about?


For several days, threads were not viewable - there was an SQL error of some sort.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby edonnelly » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:18 pm

Search is how I find all new posts since I last visited (I bookmark search.php?search_id=newposts). Hopefully this is just a tiny glitch. I can't see any reason why search would be disabled intentionally.

Though, when I am actually searching for something, I seem to get much better results when I go to google and type site:textkit.com and then my search terms rather than using the forum search.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Adelheid » Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:35 pm

It seems Jeff is not reading his messages lately. Does anyone know another way of letting him know? My whole Textkit routine is gone :wink: , I did the same as edonnelly.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Adelheid » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:54 pm

It's a shame there has been no response to this issue. It really irks me I can't use this feature anymore.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Adelheid » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:43 pm

Really feels like this is an orphaned thingy by now. I know I shouldn't get annoyed and I won't, it takes a lot of effort to create a site and forum like this and maintain it.

I just think it's such a shame.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Bedell » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:47 pm

Does anyone know Jeff personally? Is he ok? This isn't like him at all.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Adelheid » Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:51 pm

Personally no. Just via this site. But I agree, I am getting a little bit worried.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby thesaurus » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:46 pm

I, too, haven't heard anything from Jeff regarding the last few messages I've sent him this year regarding the problem of spam etc. Not sure if something has come up and the site has fallen by the wayside...

Let's just hope that he can return sometime in the future to sort things out. IreneY and I will try to moderate the new posts as best we can, but it's a lot of work given the amount of spam that the site receives.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Bedell » Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:56 pm

Thanks for all that you both do. Now that we know, that it should be easier for us to be patient if spam etc does become visible.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby thesaurus » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:02 pm

Bedell wrote:Thanks for all that you both do. Now that we know, that it should be easier for us to be patient if spam etc does become visible.


The problem isn't so much that spam gets through, but that there is a huge backlog of "invisible" spam waiting to be approved/denied by a moderator. Literally thousands of messages/posts that pile up. Most of it is obvious spam, but we still have to process them.

I'm partly responsible for the backlog, as I haven't had a lot of time for textkit (and Latin in general) the past year or so, but I'll try to stay involved.

I emailed Jeff at an address I have for him, so hopefully I'll hear something back.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Bedell » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:55 pm

Can't anyone else help with that? It sounds time consuming in the extreme for just a couple of people!
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby thesaurus » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:26 pm

I've been in contact with Jeff and he is going to take a shot at overhauling the spam filter and some moderation issues, so hopefully that will keep the forums alive and kicking.

I've also proposed condensing the existing forums into three major headings. Many of the existing forums are barely used as is, and I think it would be best to have general topic forums for Latin, Greek, and then General discussion. I'm not sure if this plan will go through, but I think it would help make the forums more lively to consolidate discussion.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Bedell » Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:59 pm

Great news. Well done!
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Quin Firefrorefiddle » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:05 am

Those updates sound great, and I'm looking forward to them!

But... to get back to the original topic- did the search function disappear intentionally, or accidentally? Will it be coming back?
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby thesaurus » Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:46 pm

Quin Firefrorefiddle wrote:Those updates sound great, and I'm looking forward to them!

But... to get back to the original topic- did the search function disappear intentionally, or accidentally? Will it be coming back?


I'll contact Jeff regarding that issue.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Mic13er » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:18 am

Sceptra Tenens wrote:Since the forum has been repaired, all search functions have disappeared. Is this intentional?

Right now It's working dude!!
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Jeff Tirey » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:27 pm

Yes, forum search has been restored

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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Bedell » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:15 pm

Excellent. Thank you! :D
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Jeff Tirey » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:15 pm

You're welcome and I'm sorry for the delay. My 'day job' for the past two years can get quite intense and I really let Textkit slide.

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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Bedell » Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:58 pm

Real life always has to come first; that's what puts the dinner on the table. :wink:
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Jeff Tirey » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:26 pm

thesaurus wrote:
Quin Firefrorefiddle wrote:Those updates sound great, and I'm looking forward to them!

But... to get back to the original topic- did the search function disappear intentionally, or accidentally? Will it be coming back?


I'll contact Jeff regarding that issue.


Intentionally. There was a scripting attack that exploited a vulnerability in the forum's caching of searches. But the unintentional part was how long the feature remained offline.
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Re: Search has been disabled?

Postby Jeff Tirey » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:26 pm

thesaurus wrote:
Quin Firefrorefiddle wrote:Those updates sound great, and I'm looking forward to them!

But... to get back to the original topic- did the search function disappear intentionally, or accidentally? Will it be coming back?


I'll contact Jeff regarding that issue.


Intentionally. There was a scripting attack that exploited a vulnerability in the forum's caching of searches. But the unintentional part was how long the feature remained offline.
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