Originally Posted by Jay R
After eight days, this question has not been answered, so I'll try again. Will the Search function be permanently disabled or do you plan on restoring it after some major update?
From the very first post:
Originally Posted by Rawhide
In order to improve the stability of the current forums, as well as to prepare for an upgrade in the future, I switched the forums off to perform some maintenance tasks.
If stability and speed is greatly improved, I may start the process of reindexing the forums, in order to reenable search. This will take several days and have the effect of slowing the server right back down during this time.
This seems to imply (at least to me) that it's temporary, but possibly long-term. In addition, every time it's been switched off in the past, it has been brought back eventually.