Please note: New archive forum for Public Space topics + Changes to forum search

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Please note: New archive forum for Public Space topics + Changes to forum search

Postby GeoffB » Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:01 pm

Recently the forum search engine has been crashing every few days, because the ever-increasing number of forum posts has become just too much for it to cope with. In an attempt to cure this, a large number of posts have now been archived and removed from the search index, as follows:

A new subforum called Archives of Public Space and its subforums has been set up, and all those topics in Public Space and its various subforums which have been inactive for more than a year have been moved to the new archive. In addition, some more recent topics which have run their course or are no longer useful will be moved there from time to time.

The archive is read-only, so members will not be able to reply to any topics there.

Crucially, topics in the archive will not be indexed by the forum's search engine, so will not show up in forum searches using the forum's search function.

They will, however, show up in Google searches. To restrict your Google searches to this site, please see the guide here.

We hope this change will be sufficient to keep the forum up and running smoothly for a long time to come.

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Re: Please note: New archive forum for Public Space topics + Changes to forum search

Postby Wesjr1 » Sun May 08, 2016 12:09 pm

Wouldn't just deleting them completely save more bandwidth than archiving them?
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Re: Please note: New archive forum for Public Space topics + Changes to forum search

Postby GeoffB » Sun May 08, 2016 2:33 pm

Tempting, but the bandwidth isn't the issue in this case, just the size of the search index. And the deletion of large numbers of posts has a potential drawback as explained in this announcement, so archiving is a better option. It also has the added advantages that members won't see a drastic reduction in their postcounts, and the archived posts will still be searchable via Google.

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Re: Please note: New archive forum for Public Space topics + Changes to forum search

Postby david365 » Sun May 08, 2016 11:22 pm

Thanks Geoff, helping the search is good
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