Just use google. "site:wnff.net sportsnyan is a nyan" etc. Works better than the site's search ever did too, IMO.
Only if you're a n00b at using the site's search. It was actually quite good (and fast) with Sphinx installed. The rest is just user error
(though to be fair, sorting by age didn't work in 1.1. Seems to work now)
((also, google can't search uncensored))