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Regarding raddit search functionality

Submitted by ziq admin in meta (edited )

emma was working at implementing Elasticsearch on the site but we've run into a roadblock.

https://www.elastic.co/guide/en/elasticsearch/guide/current/hardware.html

Elasticsearch needs a lot of ram to run well. We use just 200mb right now of the 1gb we have available. Upgrading would at least quadruple the costs of running the site.

This is the VPS service we use:

https://www.digitalocean.com/pricing/

We're currently on the $10 a month package but could just as easily be using the $5 a month one with current traffic. If we upgraded to the $40 a month package (4gb ram), it might not be enough still - people seem to be saying 32gb is the ideal minimum for Elasticsearch, with 16gb being acceptable. These VPS packages could be expensive enough to make the site unsustainable in the long term - I doubt I can come up with $320 every month.

Another, far less appealing option is to add duckduckgo search to the site, which wouldn't cost anything but will probobly be a bit shit.

Any other ideas?

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mofongo wrote

I support duckduckgo, maybe at look to implement subforum specific bangs like !rameta or !ranarchism.

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devtesla wrote

On the fempire I just got used to doing site:thefempire.org in google and always had a good time. Hopefully that works here and with ddg

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sudo wrote

I poked around in Raddit's source code a little bit. I should mention that I'm not a PHP programmer.

It looks like emma made something called a "SubmissionRepository", based on a third-party library's "EntityRepository". Guessing by the name, I assume this is a container that stores all of the submissions to the website, and it looks like each submission instance stores its own title, body, submitter, etc. that people would want to search for. So, what's stopping us from implementing a search function that searches through the array of posts, and returns a separate array with only the posts that match the search criteria? Again, I only took a cursory look at the code, and emma knows it much better than I do, but I don't see why we'd need to implement a giant third-party search library when a few functions should do.

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sudo wrote

Thanks for explaining. Elasticsearch does sound much nicer now; it's a shame it's such a memory hog.

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ziq wrote (edited )

I just made a patreon but I doubt there are enough people interested in a search function to pay towards it.

I have to look into bitcoin and see if digitalocean accepts them.

But is a search engine worth the expense on such a small site?

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ziq wrote

Yeah and really any spare bitcoins people have should go to emma to reward her for all the hard work she does for us all.