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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: Using Solr/Lucene to provide our own site search?
Date Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:51:47 GMT
Sounds like a roadmap more than a focus, but otherwise good.

On Mar 29, 2017 6:46 AM, "Shane Curcuru" <> wrote:

> Wow, so there are folks interested!  Great discussion, and good point:
> projects that span projects or are working on broader community aspects
> need clear definitions to keep disparate volunteers focused.
> There are two things *I* would be interested in helping with:
> 1- (Small concept) Super easy to use and maintain search widget and
> portal for and community.a.o sites, focused on helping
> newcomers find their way to the right "how do I do X" pages.  Value:
> Make ComDev efforts more useful by ensuring new users - who might not
> know what terminology we use, or where our docs are traditionally stored
> - to find the how to information they need.
> In terms of structure: it feels like there might be three general kinds
> of people searching on a.o/c.a.o:
> - General information about Apache (what it is, structure, donate, etc.)
> - How To information, like where SVN is, how to change websites, where
> different email lists are, etc.
> - Project information: either about a specific project, or more likely
> "Which projects might I want to contribute to".
> 2- (Big concept) Creating a simple, drop-in, Apache branded search
> widget that we encourage projects to consider adopting on their
> homepages.  Value: better search for individual project's users; plus
> showcasing some cross-project links and interest.
> Obviously, there are several existing setups that provide a lot of this
> functionality already (more than I realized).  But it would be really
> nice to have a solution that is:
> -- Super easy to drop into any existing site's design.
> Maven/Forrest/ghpages style sites would be the obvious targets.  (Do we
> have stats as to how many projects use each site builder tool?)
> -- Branded (primarily) as an Apache Lucene/Solr powered search tool.
> The Lucidworks site looks pretty powerful, and does cross-project stuff,
> but for me, the interest is providing something that is primarily
> powered by Apache tools (even if it uses someone's hosting or extra
> code, as a secondary thing).
> The search results/refinement pages in particular should match Apache
> site designs in general.  The Google custom search results are kinda
> ugly, now that I look at them.  The Lucidworks site is nice, but if
> we're going to feature this prominently, it would be nice to use Apache
> site design, with a text note "powered by LucidWorks Fusion, more
> details here" or the like.
> -- Maintenance documented.  ComDev already has a lot of code this PMC
> owns, and since we're not focused on code daily, we need to ensure
> whatever maintenance is easy to do.
> Is that a good focus for now?
> - Shane
> --
> - Shane
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