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Old 08-15-06, 10:15 PM   #1
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Why Searching has been disabled?

Why Searching has been disabled? Anyone else having this problem?

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Old 08-15-06, 10:32 PM   #2
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Probably to ease the load on the database server.
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Old 08-16-06, 05:21 AM   #3
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Other Forums/BBSes have had this problem. Mischievous folks find a way to keep the database busy doing several intense searches of the database. This is used as a "denial of service" attack.
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I often use Google to search BF instead... just add "site:bikeforums.net" (minus the quotes) to the end of your search terms. The upsides are that Google is generally quite fast, and doesn't load down the BF server when you run your search. The downside is that it doesn't know about posts made since the site was last crawled, and may therefore overlook some very recent items.

All in all, it works pretty well.
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Old 08-16-06, 08:53 AM   #5
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What a fantastic idea!! It's probably a better search too, I'm not all that happy with this site's search engine in general.
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Old 08-16-06, 09:07 AM   #6
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There's a long thread on this topic in the Road forum. Heh, you might have found it if search was working.
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I often use Google to search BF instead... just add "site:bikeforums.net"
Easier and more options

http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
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The problem with Google is that what you find depends on the last time Google's "spiders" (web-crawling web-bot) walked through BF. This is why you may not be able to find current threads.
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