At 3/5/05 02:32 AM, -Hood- wrote:
If NG ever gets some extra bandwidth (yeah, right) I think the search NG profiles feature should come back. I miss that.
A lot of people would love for the user profile search to return.
A lot of people would also love for the BBS text search to return.
Neither of these is going to automatically happen because NG upgrades from 500 mbps to 600 mbps, though that IS a nice boost for flash DLing.
See, the reason those two searches are offline, and have been that way since 2004 or 2003 or whenever... is that both of them being available is horribly taxing on the database server. The strain doesn't come from the amount of data that is pulled from NG to your computer... if it did... then extra bandwidth would be nice, yes. But compared to 5 meg flash files that have to travel from Newgrounds to our computers, the overall MB involved is VERY VERY LOW, okay?
No, the thing that they're hard on is the database. See, when a request is made, the database server is tasked with having to INTERNALLY search for the requested user profiles or BBS posts, and this is a somewhat resource-wasting thing. The badness is compounded by many many many dozens of users who use those features. Thus, the searches were taken down. Too many hits on the database in too short of a time, and not a crucial enough reason for the searches to remain in place. Only the admins, as a result, have them available.
They're trying to prevent unnecessary and unneeded drains on NG's computers, which would slow down the site FOR ALL OF US (you know the error messages you used to get a lot of the time while trying to open a flashpage so you could view the flash and vote on it? That's a database error, often caused in the past by the profile search or the BBS text search)..... So ANYWAY... next time you think about joking about the BBS text search or the User Profile search being down... or about seriously asking liljim when they'll come back... please... DON'T. He's answered these questions dozens of times before. Believe me, I've seen him answer it for people. I think he's really... really...
... really.... really.... really tired of having to explain it by now. Okay? Thanks for understanding, or at least trying to.