UPDATE: Actually, now that I look at it again, the signs that someone was trying to fix this mess came when I was playing with a different part of the search function than I did for the previous post -- the archive method I used before to get the terrible results is still broken in the same way. So, no visible progress. Still hoping for some public comment from the N&R on this ongoing disaster. /update
N&R is doing...something with the broken archiving system on its new website.
I just did one of the same searches that got me such sad results after the site's problem-plagued launch.
Inspired by this great story about the generosity of the late Carolyn LeBauer, I searched for the word "LeBauer." Yesterday, I got dozens of hits going back a couple of decades, but almost all of them got the N&R version of a Fail Whale: "No such file or directory: ,ec_pubsub,No such file or directory: ,ec_pubsub,"
Today, just the one recent story shows up.
So, still broken, but broken in a different way, which indicates that they're monkeying around with the system.
Some public comment on this problem and a timetable for possible fixes would be welcome.
...adding, I'd ask Jeff Gauger directly at his N&R blog, but the comment function seems to be broken, too.