[Haskell-cafe] Page rank and GHC docs directory organization

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 11:17:17 EDT 2010

On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM, Ryan Newton <rrnewton at gmail.com> wrote:

> GHC docs seem to have the problem that newer versions only gradually
> overtake older ones in page rank, resulting in the effect that if one
> uses Google to find library documentation, they may accidentally look
> at an old version.  For example, if I google "Data.Data Haskell" the
> first link brings me to:
>  http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/6.10.2/html/libraries/base/Data-Data.html
> Oops, version 6.10.2!
> I'm no web expert, but I think the problem is that the "latest"
> directory isn't used consistently by others and/or the fact that
> latest/ redirects to a concrete version number.  Thus if you go to:
> http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/latest/html/libraries/base/Data-Data.html
> It redirects immediately to 6.12.2:
> http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/6.12.2/html/libraries/base/Data-Data.html
> So is the 6.12.2 target accruing pagerank rather than the latest one?
> Even if someone links the /latest/ URL?  If that's the problem, would
> it fix things just to make latest/ a full directory structure in its
> own right (a clone rather than redirect)?

If we had a permanent entry page to the documentation, such as
docs.haskell.org, that linked to the different kind of documentation (and
was attractive enough that people would link to it) that might help.

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