That's a great point. I think we can do something smart here:
When a user hits https://eclipse.org/documentation/ we could
examine the referer, and add some text at the top of the page to
indicate the user has requested older docs, with a suggested link
to the same doc on the latest install.
That will help newer docs rank on search engines, help de-list
older docs, and still provide service to the user.
We should also verify that we are sending a 301 Permanent
redirect, not a 302 Temporary one.
If you think this makes sense, I think next step is a bug.
On 2019-12-13 9:25 a.m., Jonah Graham
I think it is great to get rid of the old documentation -
indeed the other day I did a google search and didn't realize
I was looking at an old version of the documentation.
That leads me to my issue with removing - and I don't have
a solution, just a concern. Googling or duckduckgoing many
eclipse topics have help.eclipse.org/kepler
in the results (some have neon). What is the effect on SEO of
just removing kepler? Will all relevant search results from
google just disappear making it harder to find information
until google and the like re-rank the results higher?
Almost all the results work if kepler is just replaced
with 2019-09 (or 2019-12 or latest presumably).
I see in the time that I have been writing the email that help.eclipse.org/kepler
has disappeared - the effect that it is harder to find the
results because the search within infocenter is not as good as