"My posts" and "My threads" should be exempt from the wait time before searches
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There is probably a trade-off for efficiency on a heavily used server like this one. Searches absorb lots of bandwidth. If removing the time limit between searches would have a negative effect on overall performance, that would NOT be a good thing. I occasionally have the same experience, but 40 seconds is probably not a terrible thing.
I wonder how easy this would be to implement, Hari? Sounds easy enough though, and yeah, the 40 second delay ON JUST your posts could be reasonably removed- hari's not asking for the delay to be removed, rickh. I wonder if a check box could be set up so that you could tick to search just your posts.
the 40 second delay ON JUST your posts could be reasonably removed
Why? It still puts the same demand on the server and judging by the average speed of search these days, I'm guessing that it's probably in the "too much" category. I feel your pain but I'm going to side with the Negative team here, the server seems to be under enough load as it is and allowing this would allow the couple of hundred very active members on the forum to kick the db in the head during high traffic periods.
An alternative is to start a donation drive and try and get Jeremy enough money for a new server with a crapload of RAM so he can have a dedicated db server. Load the db into RAM and set up his indexes properly and you could turn the wait off for all users all the time