I've been wracking my brains and searching on the forums, but I can't seem to find anything of the sort to answer my questions. It's just that the 30-second waiting times in between forum searches are very annoying when I'm trying to find something new to read, and I can't seem to think of a reason for those waiting times? Thanks, couldn't find anything anywhere else so decided to make the post myself.
It's essentially a compromise. Searches are comparatively intense on resources, especially with bloated databases - as forums tend to have. On one hand, you've got a useful function but on the other hand having unlimited access can easily bring forums to their knees. The compromise is to stagger searches. This way you don't need to pay for a more powerful server while still having the functionality at the cost of a slight inconvenience. The limitation is also in place to protect the site from people with malicious intent - unlimited searches can really put a dent in operations.
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