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Message started by Et Cetera on Mar 15th, 2010 at 7:57am

Title: Forum search
Post by Et Cetera on Mar 15th, 2010 at 7:57am
Does the search only go back a certain amount? For instance, I was looking for a thread about using sling as clubs(http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1240605101/0#0) but it didn't come up. I searched "sling as club" first, then after I had found it I searched it word for word ("sling as a club") but still nothing.  :question

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by curious_aardvark on Mar 15th, 2010 at 8:29am
you have to tick the right boxes:

This search yielded 147 results going back to 2003 :-)
slingingsearch.jpg (30 KB | )

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by Et Cetera on Mar 15th, 2010 at 4:20pm
Aha, thanks.  :)
BTW, about how many gigabytes worth of stuff is there on this forum?

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by curious_aardvark on Mar 17th, 2010 at 10:07am
good question - I keep meaning to see if there's anyway of backing it all up and keeping it indexed and in order.

We could really do with upgrading the forum software - but given that usually buggers things up bigtime on other forums I frequent - I'm a bit relectant to do it without a comprehensive backup first.

Have to go look through the tools again.

As it's 90% text I don't think we're looking at gigabytes of data.


Quote:
Total Members:
1395

Total Topics:
7000

Total Posts:
116120

Average Posts per Member:
83

Total Categories:
2

Total Boards:
10


Maybe a gig and a bit once you add pics and videos.

If we had the backup utility installed, Hmm...

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by Et Cetera on Mar 17th, 2010 at 7:30pm
Why would a new forum software be better?

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by curious_aardvark on Apr 7th, 2010 at 7:02am
lots of things, new security features, maybe a points system, extra smilies, multi quote facility.

But as we don't currently appear to have a backup facility - it's not going to happen anytime soon lol

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by xxkid123 on Apr 7th, 2010 at 3:48pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Apr 7th, 2010 at 7:02am:
lots of things, new security features, maybe a points system, extra smilies, multi quote facility.

But as we don't currently appear to have a backup facility - it's not going to happen anytime soon lol


i like this better, mainly because you can post pictures easily, and since we don't have too many sections, just 6-7 of them (i think mods have one more wing of them, but that's just them). for forums like EDCF and Paleoplanet, and knifeforums, to name a few, they need larger areas for some 600-1500 active members.

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by Masiakasaurus on Apr 7th, 2010 at 7:30pm
New software won't give use extra topics unless we want them. At least to my knowledge after an upgrade we'd still have just general, other topics, other primitive weapons, a trading post, an intro section, and an administrative section. As for pictures, I bet that some newer software out there has a way of automatically resizing photos. That would be pretty easy. In another couple years I'd be up for updating the software even without a backup, but not right now.

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by Et Cetera on Apr 8th, 2010 at 7:44am
I think we should back it up before updating software.

Title: Re: Forum search
Post by curious_aardvark on Apr 8th, 2010 at 10:26am

Quote:
In another couple years I'd be up for updating the software even without a backup, but not right now.


Never update without backing up.
I've never been on a forum that hasn't lost data during an update.

So it's backup first and then update. If I ever figure out how to install the backup facility, could be a chicken egg situation.

Might have to update to get the backup button, which'd be a real sod.  

and no it wouldn't change the layout, but it would add some useful features.

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