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Re: Are we relevant under terms of "free bioinformatics software"

Le Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 09:53:47PM +0100, Eric MAEKER a écrit :
> Le 15 mars 2012 à 20:26, Yaroslav Halchenko a écrit :
> > http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-med/
> > http://debian-med.alioth.debian.org/
> > http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMed
> Yes there are too many websites. I'm lost between all these.
> Do we really have to keep them all ? 
> Can't we make a unique one easily editable (like wiki) ? with redirects like:
> 	http://med.debian.org/  		-> http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMed
> 	http://med.debian.org/alioth 		-> http://debian-med.alioth.debian.org/
> 	http://med.debian.org/dev		-> http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-med/
> And ensure that the http://med.debian.org/ is the most visible one on search engines (the entry point) ?

Hello everybody,

indeed, our URL surface is too fragmented, and that may explain as well
why none of our many addresses have a good page rank.

I think that we need to focus on one URL, and think well about it for a
durability of, say ten years.

There are many possible choices.  Note that different debian.org domain often
mean a differently hosted machine, and this is a big work overhead.  This said,
a URL rewriting within the Debian website might also be possible.

In any case, I think that it would be a good time for our pages to leave
the /devel directory, as our pages are not only to give instructions
to developers, and as it makes the URL more difficult to remember.

Here are possible replacements for http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-med/ that
I would think of:

  http://ti.ny/md   (just joking; these URL obsfucations are an insult to the WWW)
  http://med.deb/   (alternatively, we could lobby the IETF to get a TLD for Debian).

My gut feeling is that we will have a better chance to change our URL if what
we ask can be used by other blends as well.

For the wiki and Alioth front pages, I think that they are very
developer-oriented, and it is good, because it means that they are not
redundant with the Debian website.  I would not try to integrate in a single
URL scheme, but rather to accentuate their specialisation.

The tasks pages on Alioth, on the other hand, have a broad audience.  But since
they are leaf pages, I think that it is fine to link from www.debian.org to

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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