[Python-Dev] moving content around (Re: http://www.python.org/dev/doc/devel still available)

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Mon Feb 13 22:03:07 CET 2006

On 2/13/06, Fredrik Lundh <fredrik at pythonware.com> wrote:
> Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > (Now that I work for Google I realize more than ever before the
> > importance of keeping URLs stable; PageRank(tm) numbers don't get
> > transferred as quickly as contents. I have this worry too in the
> > context of the python.org redesign; 301 permanent redirect is *not*
> > going to help PageRank of the new page.)
> so what's the best way to move stuff around?

I don't know; my point was to avoid needless moving rather than giving
a best practice for moving.

> wikipedia seems to display the content from the "new" location under
> the old URL, but with a small blurb at the top that says "redirected
> from <old url>", e.g.
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F_Scott_Fitzgerald
> (not sure if it's done that way to avoid HTTP roundtrips, or for some
> obscure googlerank reason...)

Can't say I understand that particular example. Wikipedia has
different requirements though; there are aliases (e.g. homonyms,
synonyms) that won't go away. For python.org we're looking at
minimizing the URL space churn.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)

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