Someone on raif pointed out that unregistered users are not able to search this forum. I’m not sure if that’s by design or a configuration issue. Google indexes the forum pretty thoroughly so I expect it’s more of an oversight in the Search settings.
My guess is this is set to zero and should be something else (like 5) to open it up for guests.
I disagree on the uselessness of the search; I use it pretty often. For instance, if I search for “noses” through the site widget, it returns the 16 posts that contain “noses,” with the author and thread for each one. Google gives you the thread but not the author, and gives you a misleading number of results (it says “about 98” but only displays 14). If allowing guests to search every second or so doesn’t cause a big slowdown, and I can’t imagine we have that much volume, I think it’d be a good idea to let them search.
I think guest searches are disabled intentionally, but I don’t remember why. I think it had something to do with bots, but I don’t recall. I can try turning it on and see if there’s any kind of issue as a result.
This is to prevent DOS attacks by bots. Too many simultaneous searches will hog the database, slowing the forum to a crawl. This is usually a concern for large sites with lots of enemies. I’d say intfiction.org isn’t in anybody’s KOS list
I set the guest search limit to 2 seconds, and there’s a setting to disable searching if the Linux load average gets too high. I set this to 1.5 (150%) which probably won’t matter given that only 1 guest search is allowed every 2 seconds.
I guess it would have to be related if it didn’t used to do that before. But I didn’t change anything except for “guest” users, and I’m not reproducing the same problem myself (nor when I switch to a different user’s permissions). Is this still happening?
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