We will be deploying some behind the scenes updates around 3 pm PT this afternoon. We don't expect to have to take the site down, but if you see any slowness around this time, this is the reason why.
I'd love if you could report any odd issues you see crop up in the next few days on this thread, as it's likely the result of our changes.
A couple of items included in today's update that we hope will be an improvement:
1. Search index updates
As those of you who search the site the most can attest, we've had difficulty keeping the site index up to date the last few months. Today's updates include a new search backend, which we hope will be a stability improvement.
As part of this, we tuned the algorithm to favor recency much more heavily. We hope this will make it easier to find more recent discussions that mention the words in your query instead of older discussions that may be a more exact match.
I hope this will help resolve the "I searched, but all the discussions were really old" comments that accompany many new posts. The trade off is that it may take a bit more work to find ten year old plus discussions that used to be surfaced too often in the results.
2. Image upload processing updates
Going forward you may see a default "Image upload in progress..." image from time to time. Don't worry, this is only returned while image processing is still happening in the background. We hope this will help clarify things if you ever see a missing image for a short period of time after posting.
If you run into any image upload issues in the coming days, please let me know here as we may have some additional tweaking to do once we're live.
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