Lots of good stuff in the works....

Site Speed:

Another DB upgrade is happening Thursday evening. We're doubling processing power again, and now have perhaps the most powerful, custom built database on the planet. Well, maybe not the planet.

I've brought in an optimization expert to recode all of our ratings list pages. I've seen examples of his work, and the difference in page loading times before and after is impressive. I'm optimistic between this recode and the upgraded DB, the site will fly, and we'll be able to undo some of the caching stuff that is causing delays on new posts displaying on the Recent Comments page and User page.

Site Search:

I've closed a deal with a site search company, and we're getting really close to launching a real search engine for RIA. This search engine will mirror how the best ones perform (Google, Yahoo, MSN), where you can type in a query and the search engine will show you the best results throughout the site. You'll also be able to rate directly from the search results. I'm hoping this will be live within two weeks.

Lots of other good stuff in the pipeline as well, I'll do my best to keep you posted.

P.S. I'm looking into going back to the RateIt! Pop-Up window based on your feedback.


  1. Well I'm glad to see the site is improving and I am seriously hoping the RateIt! Pop-up window comes back...it would be much more practical.

  2. Hooray! It is SOOOO much easier to rate with a pop-up window. Since its been gone I haven't rated near as often