Thank you very much, rawhide. I know it's been a long work.
I second the desire that search functionality be restored when practicable. We might as well start fresh with a new database. There is no value to keeping old posts around if they cannot be found. Inaccessible posts are no better than deleted posts. I'd rather have a clean database with intact search than a tremendous old database I cannot find anything in.
Also, I have a professional interest in mysql. I'm rather curious as to exactly what problems were had, because I intend to construct a similar database for my company.If there are scaling issues that can be better solved by Oracle or Db2 or SQL Server, I'd really, really like to know about it.
Again, thank you very much for your hard work!