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From Chris Hostetter <>
Subject Re: Solr 3.6.0 javadocs are missing from the site
Date Wed, 04 Jul 2012 17:28:34 GMT

: that's not what I mean. api/ should die. but I'm ok with api-3 that points

Well then you and i have radically differnet opinions about SEO and good 
long term URL practices.

it's one thing to say that a URL like "/java/2_9_0/.../Foo.html" should be 
allowed to start 404ing once the 2.9.0 release is considered "too old" and 
the docs are taken off the site.

but "/solr/api/.../Foo.html" is very differnet -- since Solr 1.1 it has 
always pointed to the *current* javadocs for that class, and is heavily 
linked to from the wiki, blogs, bookmarks, and search engines.  The fact 
that we now provide copies of multiple versions of the javadocs is no 
reason to kill off a bunch of useful and valid URLs that have a lot of 
PageRank value and link juice.

If individual class files are removed then sure: those individual pages 
will, and should, start 404ing because the specific class being refrenced 
no longer exist, but on the whole there is no reason not to continue to 
the basic path redirect -- It takes about 60 seconds of effort to toggle 
~6 bytes of the .htaccess file to keep those URLs pointed at the "current" 
release.  As long as someone like me is willing to do the work when new 
releases come out, there is no reason for all those links to "die"


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