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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 17:28 GMT 
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My most used page on this board is this one:
search.php?search_id=newposts
It's much easier to see what's going on this way compared to checking a bunch of individual subforums.
Today it hasn't been working properly for me most of the time.
Instead, I mostly get this message:
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Sorry but you cannot use search at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
Is it just me or does this problem happen to everyone else, too?


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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 17:37 GMT 
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I've been having that problem since yesterday morning too. I also get that when clicking the Search button, View My Posts, and View Unanswered Posts


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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 18:13 GMT 
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Same problem here for the last 24 hours or so.


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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 20:53 GMT 
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I always use the View active topics button and it has been saying Sorry but you cannot use search at this time. Please try again in a few minutes since sometime yesterday.


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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 22:00 GMT 
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Basically the problem seems to all stem from that the search function itself is not working. I thought maybe it was just me.... But no, I am not alone (in this)...


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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 22:09 GMT 
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Me too.


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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 22:26 GMT 
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Same here, it is also affecting Tapatalk, for when I want to browse on my iphone.


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PostPosted: Fri June 10th, 2016, 23:56 GMT 
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Same here - no 'View active topics' all day. :(
On the other hand - we're still extremely lucky to have this site at all and I thank Karl and all of his helpers and mods and I'm always happy when he puts the paypal up so that I can show my appreciation - I hope everyone else does, too. Be sure to check out the main page :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat June 11th, 2016, 00:57 GMT 
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It seems to be fixed now - thank you!


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PostPosted: Sat June 11th, 2016, 01:40 GMT 
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Hmm, it still isn't working for me


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PostPosted: Sat June 11th, 2016, 01:51 GMT 
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It seems to come and go.


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PostPosted: Sat June 11th, 2016, 06:43 GMT 
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This problem occured to me only from time to time, very occasionally. But in the last two days I had this difficulties permanently, apparently like everybody else did.
I hope it can be fixed.


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PostPosted: Sat June 11th, 2016, 11:16 GMT 
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Still out of action here.


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PostPosted: Sun June 12th, 2016, 09:54 GMT 
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VNP is still dead; it is pushin' up the daisies; it has gorn to meet its maker; it is singing with the celestial choir; it is no more; it is an ex-function. :(


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PostPosted: Sun June 12th, 2016, 14:47 GMT 
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Same problem here for the last couple of day's. I can't utilize any of the 'view' functions.


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PostPosted: Sun June 12th, 2016, 17:41 GMT 
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Is it possible that the search index is corrupted and needs to be rebuilt?


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PostPosted: Sun June 12th, 2016, 22:03 GMT 
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It's usually to do with server problems. Has anyone contacted mad cow or KE?


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PostPosted: Mon June 13th, 2016, 05:56 GMT 
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I am aware of the problem, but am unable to solve it.
This has happened before, and as far as I know, it went away after a while then.
I have tried to tweak settings to ease the load, but I see no improvement.
The next action might be to restart the forums, but i am reluctant to do it.


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PostPosted: Mon June 13th, 2016, 09:25 GMT 
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doomedtoloveyou wrote:
I'm always happy when he puts the paypal up so that I can show my appreciation - I hope everyone else does, too. Be sure to check out the main page :wink:
Thank you for reminding me. :)

Karl Erik wrote:
I am aware of the problem, but am unable to solve it.
This has happened before, and as far as I know, it went away after a while then.
I have tried to tweak settings to ease the load, but I see no improvement.
The next action might be to restart the forums, but i am reluctant to do it.
Thank you!
I hope there are other ways than restarting the whole forum.

Other message boards I visit also ran into performance issues because of a high server load. While some of them restarted (often on a different server or with a different software), others seem to have managed while keeping most of the old board intact (at least one of them also using the phpBB software). There are two things I remember as an answer to these server problems:
- Archiving old threads. Some boards have simply closed all threads beyond a cut-off point (several years in the past) and moved them to a read-only subforum. Others have also hidden them in a moderators-only section and still others have deleted them entirely (after saving them offline, I presume).
- Closing big threads and having a manually controlled thread size limit. This means that threads are only allowed to get to, for example, 100 pages and everytime this limit is hit, the thread gets closed and a successor is opened (e.g. "Thread for Funny Pictures 2"->"Thread for Funny Pictures 3")

However, I don't know if the performance issues these other boards ran into were of the same nature. The search function wasn't the only thing having problems but the boards themselves - they became slow and often didn't load at all. Meanwhile ER is still loading very fast for me and downtimes are almost non-existant.
I don't have a technical background myself, this is just how I remember it from the point of view as a regular member. I hope some of it is relevant. Maybe a user with a greater knowledge of these things can give his input.


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PostPosted: Mon June 13th, 2016, 12:44 GMT 
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This talks about a setting that can be changed to disable the antiflooding system. It may help indicate if the issue is due to high server load?

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=1334915


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PostPosted: Mon June 13th, 2016, 12:46 GMT 
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Here's another setting that might be causing this issue:

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2220251


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PostPosted: Wed June 15th, 2016, 03:00 GMT 
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Big thumbs up to our administrators for getting the search functions back up!!! Thank you guys for your time and efforts!!!


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PostPosted: Wed June 15th, 2016, 03:02 GMT 
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It's back - yippee :D


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PostPosted: Wed June 15th, 2016, 03:09 GMT 
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Thanks for getting this fixed!!


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PostPosted: Wed June 15th, 2016, 05:44 GMT 
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Still not quite how it should be in Tapatalk but much better this morning


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