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From Christopher Schultz <ch...@christopherschultz.net>
Subject Re: Links to other websites in the documentation?
Date Wed, 23 Jan 2019 03:16:35 GMT
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Igal,

On 1/22/19 14:31, Igal Sapir wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 11:09 AM Mark Thomas <markt@apache.org>
> wrote:
> 
>> On 22/01/2019 18:13, Christopher Schultz wrote:
>>> All,
>>> 
>>> Would it be okay to link to another web site -- specifically, 
>>> Wikipedia -- in the Tomcat documentation?
>>> 
>>> I'd like to link to the page on "block cipher modes" from the 
>>> EncryptInterceptor documentation.
>>> 
>>> We have links to Oracle's documentation, so I'm guessing this
>>> would be okay, but I wanted to check.
>> 
>> I can't think of any reason not to.
>> 
> 
> I think that as a policy though, the links should be "nofollow", or
> else we will start receiving pull requests from random sources who
> would want to get a link to their sites.  Follow links from the
> Tomcat site and/or documentation can be very valuable for SEO
> purposes, and if users would think that they can sneak in a link
> they would do so.

I'm happy to use "nofollow", but the links are directly in the XML and
not generated, so anyone can still issue a PR with their own link  in
it. It's up to us to police it.

> While Wikipedia and the Oracle site are fine with regular links,
> making this a "policy" will help avoid the future discussions about
> which link qualifies for a "follow" link.

Maybe we can add a rule to checkstyle to reject any external links
that don't point to some whitelist of sites like Oracle, Eclipse (EE),
and Wikipedia (or whatever).

- -chris
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