|To: Quahog who wrote (3544)||11/30/2009 9:46:42 PM|
|From: SI Bob||Read Replies (4) | Respond to of 3865|
|Going to reply to quite a few questions/comments with this one.|
The recollection some of you have about an advanced search feature the site used to have is both true and false.
For a very short time there was search functionality similar to our Advanced Search. It was being tested as public beta.
It failed the test and was abandoned in pretty short order though those of us who'd bookmarked the URL did continue to use it a while after the link was removed, until the parent company killed even that, as it was really murder on the equipment.
When I acquired the site later, what search functionality there was, was one of the parts of the site that was the most fragile. There was frequent breakage many places, but search was particularly bad about it and lagged realtime by quite a distance. In that regard, the regular search is much better.
BTW, last time, like this time, it was I who acquired the site. I gave iHub and, I think, Matt an ownership stake only because I didn't think it fair to iHub for me to serve two masters, robbing iHub of a lot of my attention, without making it right. I really do try to make fairness a major part of how I roll.
I think the "hack" you're referring to that would let you read messages 100 at a time was called "BoardReader" or something like that. It didn't work anymore once InfoSpace or Go2Net or someone "improved" something about the site, but I always loved the concept so I incorporated it into this version, but as a Premium-Plus feature since it's a biggie in my opinion, but was never part of SI.
It's a gray line between what things SI gains that get added to the free featureset, the regular Lifer/Grandfathered featureset, and which are only for new subscribers whose accounts do expire, and Premium-Plus. But if the site previously had it as a full-time premium feature, it's made available to ALL premium accounts (and sometimes free accounts), not just P-Plus.
Hope I caught all the questions I intended to with this message.