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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_maintenance2012-11-29 03:57 am

Search indexing not currently updating

After some investigation, [staff profile] mark has realized that our little website has grown up to the point where our site search setup is no longer sufficient for the amount of data y'all have generated. This is an exciting problem to have, but it also means that new posts and newly-imported posts won't be indexed into the search database until we can fix it! (And by 'we', I mean 'Mark'.)

We've got a plan that involves a new search database server (to go along with the two new webservers we ordered today), a new database schema that will make indexing, storing, and accessing search data much faster, and a method of storing and retrieving search data that makes more sense for the way usage has developed now that we have more information on what actual usage looks like. (And by 'we', I once again mean 'Mark'. There is a theme here.)

The plan is going to take a week or two to implement, though, and until then, search results will continue to be out of date. Anything that is already in the search database (as of about 10 days ago) will still be searchable, but newly-made posts and newly-imported posts won't show up until after we can fix it.

We'll let you know when the problem is fixed. Until then, continue on being awesome and making stuff: we'll catch up to you as soon as possible.

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