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From Rich Bowen <>
Subject Re: Documentation URLs
Date Wed, 29 Sep 2004 11:36:53 GMT
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On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 wrote:

> > It is just a (imho short) question of time Google (and other search
> > engines) will renew their index and rebuild the karma for the new URIs.
> I am not really sure about this.
> I believe the "karma" of Google is the results of popular pages linking
> to certain URLs, thus assing the popularity of these pages to the rank
> of the link target.
> So if the link target is no longer there then it might vanish from the
> Google database sooner or later (because Google traverses known sites
> now and then and might recognize the redirection, thus replacing the
> known URL by the new URL).
> Therefore I believe changing URLs would actually make them lose their
> rank in Google until other pages update their content as to link to the
> new URLs, then again adding their popularity to these pages.

Well, you know, we know someone at Google now, so just maybe we can get
some advice direct from the horse's mouth on this issue. Is Greg on this

> Just a question out of curiosity: Did the Apache site ever provide
> documentation for versions 1.2 and 1.3 in parallel? If so, how was
> the problem taken care of back then?

As I remember it, /docs was just /docs. Things changed between 1.2 and
1.3, but the /docs was just updated to reflect the new reality, with the
"Compatibility" part of each directive updated appropriately. So, no,
there was not a 1.2 and 1.3 docs tree.

Changes between 1.3 and 2.0, of course, are much more significant.

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