Thank you so much for the update!
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7/7/08 at 11:59pm
You're welcome. We are really fed up with not having search ourselves! :
Sphinx seems to be the best answer. I'm reading that there are some limitations but yes, New Posts will be available. I just emailed the engineer to ask about searching for posts by a member and find threads started by a member - he says yes, that's in Sphinx too. :
I'm so sorry for the delay. We have been in the midst of changing server administrators which complicated and delayed everything.
We abandoned efforts to get our vBulletin search engine up and running again. We surrendered to what seems to be a "get over it" truth - once you reach so many millions of posts in vBulletin, the search engine no longer functions well. It weighs heavy on the server and especially so when you have a large membership using search. After much frustration and investigation into our options we have settled on Sphinx.
We hired the Sphinx team to configure and integrate everything. I signed the contract today. Now we are waiting our turn in line to get the work started. I was told today that they will be able to begin in 1-2 days. A day's work should complete the integration. And yes, I did put in a specific request for 3 letter words to be searchable.
There may be a period of tweaking things to get it working smoothly. So if they do accomplish it over the next three days we could have some further work ahead to get it just right.
That's all I have for an update right now. I'll let you know more when there's more to tell.
I wonder what the usage statistics are - I've used MDC dramatically less without the "new posts" feature. Searches aren't a problem for me - I've always preferred google for looking up a specific topic, but that's obviously not the case for everyone....