On Jul 13, 2012, at 9:12 AM, Daniel Gruno wrote:

Yes, it's grumpy old me again, singing the same song from before.
It appears that Google et al are still showing our 2.0 documentation as
a preferred page when searching for various modules and keywords, and I
still don't like this. I'd like to propose that we add some meta data to
our 2.0 pages, more specifically:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">
or
<link rel="canonical" href="http://httpd.apache.org/docs/current/"/>


Coming late to the party, a comment or two:

1) For the 1.3 docs, obviously, I had to add those rel canonical links by hand to each HTML file. Ew. As such, there are still many of those docs that don't have it, and so are still top of the Google results. Patches welcome.

2) The biggest difficulty with adding these rel tags automatically is when docs change name, or disappear entirely, between versions. In those cases, we need to do something special. It's not obvious to me how to do this automatically without generating broken links in those cases. That would obviously be bad.

Other than that, I'm very much in favor of this change, and think it's a great service both to the end-users and to the documentation team.

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