update: (if anyone cares...)
just hours after i started this thread, newegg staff, -mk6-, said;
Re: Narrow Your Choices - Missing Filter Options?
Newegg.com's search functionality has been fixed! Some good and bad news though, the bad being that 'Advanced Search' is most likely not going to make a return on our site. It has been removed, and all resources have been reassigned to our new and improved 'Narrow Your Choices' feature, which brings us to the good news! The 'Narrow Your Choices' feature has been updated recently to include new improvements, and it is now working properly on our site! We apologize for any and all inconveniences that this bug has caused. Lastly, a big big thank you to everyone! Thank you for taking the time to provide your input and feedback. We really do appreciate our fans, and all of your input!! Your voices have and will continue to be heard by us, always Thank you once again!
after a quick glance, it looks like the filtering has been magically fixed. there is no more "advanced search", just "narrow choices" and "power search", but now they appear to have useful filter options back.
-the only official response up to this point had been "im sorry, we dont have that feature."
jeez. steve, i guess you can just delete this whole thread now. and btw, youre welcome for my getting newegg to fix that clusterfuk so fast...