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From "Marcus (OOo)" <>
Subject Re: Rationalizing two OpenOffice websites
Date Thu, 24 Nov 2011 23:42:14 GMT
Am 11/22/2011 06:54 PM, schrieb Dennis E. Hamilton:
> ++1
> AH!! Jürgen said the magic word: PORTAL.  Now I can say something that
 > has been nagging at me without words.
> It will be extremely valuable for the web site to remain
 > the portal of the lineage, where the entry to Apache
 > OpenOffice is more tightly-coupled but not exclusive. And user support
 > is for the lineage, even though activity may become more about Apache
 > OpenOffice releases in the future.
> One concern about changing the URLs for the wiki and the forums:  This
 > will break absolute bookmarks and cross-references from users and from
 > elsewhere in the site, including in the forums, unless the existing
 > URLs are (also) preserved.  This also impacts existing search-engine
 > indexing.

Right. These are really wideley used and known URLs and should be (kind 
of) preserved. So, if possible I would suggest to let the shorter URLs 
become the real ones and make a DNS redirect or httpd rewrite (depends 
on the techncially backgound that I don't know) of the longer to the 
shorter URLs.

In 1, 2 or 3 years we could define that the longer URLs can now be deleted.

> I would rather preserve those URLs.  The shorter ones are nice and the
 > old ones could redirect to them.  And I wouldn't do this quickly
 > unless it is clearly a no-brainer and the redirect/rewrite works
 > perfectly. It is also something that could be done independently of
 > all the static-page remodeling that is needed.

How comes that the text is sometimes well formatting and like in this 
mail it's only one long unwrapped line.

So, sorry if my hand-quoted text is worse.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jürgen Schmidt []
> Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 02:25
> To:
> Subject: Re: Rationalizing two OpenOffice websites
> it sounds like a Déjà vu and i think we had already a discussion that
> goes in this direction.
> Yes, i totally agree on this separation and it makes sense to me. Moving
> forward with this separation we need much less migration and can
> concentrate on the most important pages of the main portal (for users)
> Hopefully we can change to
> and can redirect the old Url to the new short one.
> and the same for the forum
> The portal side provide the main info about the product (mainly
> marketing material), provide the download (with the infra structure
> behind), but also provides the entry points to the wiki, to the forum
> and of course for project members.
> I really like that
> Juergen
> On 11/22/11 12:46 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
>> We have with this project something that most other Apache projects
>> don't have and which the legacy OOo project never had.  We have two
>> independent websites.
> [ ... ]
>> For example, could we have something like this:
>> 1) is the website for the OpenOffice product.  It
>> is the end user site, focused on their interactions with the product.
>> So download, help, extensions, support.  It is not how they interact
>> with the project.  It serves the narrow focus on the product.
>> 2) (eventually
>> on the other hand is where the project members
>> work and where the public (includiing users) interacts with the
>> project. Not the product, but the project.
>> This dual website is quite commonly used for managing large and
>> important brands.  For example, the consumer, when interfacting with
>> the brand Pepsi and Pepsi products goes to:
>> But the person who wants to learn more about the company goes to another URL:
>> Navigating between then is possible via a link on the page footer.
>> But generally each site is optimized for its target audience.

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