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Re: Revamped Fedora Project website



Karsten Wade wrote:

>On Sat, 2005-09-17 at 19:39 +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
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>>Hi
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>>It has also suggested that 
>>wiki page be made the root document with restricted ACL's it to Seth 
>>Vidal after running it through the designers
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>I like having the Wiki at a URL that is self-referential and has
>semantic meaning.
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>* "Go to the Wiki" = fedoraproject.org/wiki
>  - If we made it the root, we lose this connection
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>* A Wiki is a way to document, not design websites
>  - It's always a part of/subset of a website's features
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>* The first path after a hostname has common semantic meaning:
>  fp.org/download /= a Wiki place
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>> and also that 
>>http://fedoraproject.org be the new primary website for Fedora users as 
>>well as developers.
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>It seems as if we are trying to get the Wiki to do too much.  Certainly,
>let's move operations over to fp.o.  But we might want to consider a
>different solution for managing all content.
>
>- Karsten
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My view is not to make the wiki the root-level content, just the wiki's
FrontPage the root-level page.  I'm not talking about making the wiki a
root-level wiki.  There are too many reasons not to do so.  However, I
think having a redirect from http://fedoraproject.org/ to
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FrontPage would be good.  With the wiki,
we can do more to bring users the information they need, and we can do
it in a flexible manner that can be used to react quickly.  The wiki
will contain links to other content within the fp.org namespace.  The
'News Feeds' link is an example of this.  If you compare the current
page at http://fedoraproject.org/ and the wiki's FrontPage, I think the
reasons for my thinking are somewhat obvious.  Is a visitor really going
to know where they need to go when they look at the current root-level
page for the first time?  I don't think so.

Sure, we could modify the current root-level page to offer everything
that the wiki's FrontPage currently offers, but why?  The wiki already
has this, and we can easily update and change it as needed.  We can
restrict the ACLs to prevent someone from being tempted to deface the
FrontPage, but that is a separate argument.  The idea behind this, just
like everything else we have had the wiki do, is ease.  If the wiki is
going to have most of the important content, then, IMO, it should be the
first thing a visitor sees.  As content is added to fp.org outside of
the wiki, it is not a problem to refer to it from within the wiki. 
There are certainly cases where wiki and non-wiki content can complement
each other.

Basically, rather than ask 'why', ask 'why not?'

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