Organisation of files in the new site

Frerich Raabe raabe at
Fri Jan 31 02:46:51 UTC 2003

On Thu, 01/30/03 at 18:30, Neil Stevens wrote:
> On Thursday January 30, 2003 03:26, Chris Howells wrote:
> > On Thursday 30 January 2003 15:39, Neil Stevens wrote:
> > > Breaking links is not something we're going to do for a matter of
> > > taste.
> >
> > Oh yeah I forgot -- we're breaking stuff anyway -- on the old site it's,
> > contact.html, on the new site contact.php, so moving the stuff around
> > before the site has gone live causes absolutely no problem.
> The fact that there is an error on the current site is not a reason to make 
> more errors.
> Maybe you don't actually use, maybe you don't point people to it, 
> but some of us do.  And by breaking the urls, you will break every single 
> link to these pages, and make a lot of work for a lot of people.
> You mentioned finding pages?  Well, I'm confident that most people find KDE 
> pages in one of a few ways:
> 1.
> 2. google
> 3. links from other pages
> Your idea will not improve any of those, and in fact will break two of the 
> three.

I think Neil is right, if you change the links, there need to be relays so that
the old adresses don't cause a 404. The hierarchy and filenames of a web site
are a little bit what the public interface of a software library is; if you
have a critical number of clients, you need to maintain it in order not to
break things for too many people.

Just look at how many hits (which is dead since
months, nowadays just a relay to some page on still gets.
Just google for link:contact.html and see from how many places that file gets

- Frerich

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