Various edits I made in the past 30 minutes are not visible in Search Results.

Normally it takes less than thirty seconds to update.

Example: This search query should return no result at all now, yet it gives 5 results at this time.

Note that I reported a similar issue 5 months ago, but it was for rare isolated posts. Today all the edits seem affected.

[edit] Seems fixed, about a bit more than an hour later.

[next day] Same issue today with this search query.

[edit] Seems fixed, quite more than three hours later. See Nick Craver's answer.


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This is intentional, While low impact there isn't zero impact to our full index rebuilds. We're currently re-indexing Stack Overflow completely in the New York data center in order to prepare it for an Elastic 5.6.1 upgrade later this week. Search will return to normal (near real-time indexing) in a few hours.

Status for the curious: Indexing Status

I've tweeted and relayed through Stack Status since this is user-impacting. Honestly we thought you guys and gals wouldn't notice...but here we are.

  • Oh, whoah, Elastic 5! So the following old issue will be solved as well? meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/327327/…
    – Cœur
    Sep 24, 2017 at 19:29
  • I have honestly forgotten about that, but yes! We'll be sure to test it and report back. Sep 24, 2017 at 19:31
  • Nice interface. All yours, or something pre-built inside Elastic? Sep 24, 2017 at 21:25
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    @ShaWizDowArd just something we made to watch indexing status. It's a local status object updated in-memory and published to redis (via protobuf) for observation across the infrastructure. Sep 24, 2017 at 21:46

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