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Dead web links to help.eclipse.org [message #553565] Wed, 18 August 2010 03:58 Go to next message
Jon Rowlands is currently offline Jon Rowlands
Messages: 6
Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
A lot of existing links to content on help.eclipse.org are
now dead, for example because they point to API docs
from Eclipse 3.2. This includes much of the content
discovered by a google search, as well as some content
on eclipse.org itself.

For example, google "ITextContentDescriber".

Currently, dead links redirecto to a generic top-level
page, http://www.eclipse.org/documentation/. While
this page includes a search box, it uses google itself,
so its own results have the same problem.

Can you please arrange for google to reindex
help.eclipse.org, and/or improve the 404 handling so
that stale links redirect directly to appropriate
current content?

thanks,
Jon
Re: Dead web links to help.eclipse.org [message #553568 is a reply to message #553565] Wed, 18 August 2010 04:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed Merks
Messages: 26054
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
Jon,

That's definitely an annoying problem! It would certainly be nice for
the top match to be for the most recent content. It would be better to
open a bugzilla report.


Jon Rowlands wrote:
> A lot of existing links to content on help.eclipse.org are
> now dead, for example because they point to API docs
> from Eclipse 3.2. This includes much of the content
> discovered by a google search, as well as some content
> on eclipse.org itself.
>
> For example, google "ITextContentDescriber".
>
> Currently, dead links redirecto to a generic top-level
> page, http://www.eclipse.org/documentation/ While
> this page includes a search box, it uses google itself,
> so its own results have the same problem.
>
> Can you please arrange for google to reindex
> help.eclipse.org, and/or improve the 404 handling so
> that stale links redirect directly to appropriate
> current content?
>
> thanks,
> Jon
Re: Dead web links to help.eclipse.org [message #553572 is a reply to message #553568] Wed, 18 August 2010 05:10 Go to previous message
Jon Rowlands is currently offline Jon Rowlands
Messages: 6
Registered: July 2009
Junior Member
Oops, good point. Filed as 322973.
thanks,
Jon
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