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Re: Thoughts on wpd.mx domain

From: Patrick D'Souza <pdsouza@about.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:46:05 -0400
Message-ID: <51763C3D.7080000@about.com>
To: PhistucK <phistuck@gmail.com>
CC: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
I agree. How about using webplatform.org/w/some-short-thing? /w/ is 
Disallowed in robots.txt although I'm not sure when and why that rule 
was put in place.

- Patrick

On 04/23/2013 03:40 AM, PhistucK wrote:
> I think webplatform.org/some-short-thing 
> <http://webplatform.org/some-short-thing> is too simple and can be 
> problematic.
> It would be better if we at least prefix it somehow -
> webplatform.org/ <http://webplatform.org/>_s/_some-short-thing
> That would also be easier to disallow in robots.txt.
> ​
> ​
>
> ☆*PhistucK*
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 <tel:2013> at 10:16 AM, Patrick D'Souza 
> <pdsouza@about.com <mailto:pdsouza@about.com>> wrote:
>
>     We could prevent any short links being indexed under
>     webplatform.org <http://webplatform.org> by Disallowing it in
>     robots.txt. This way we can continue to use the url shortener in
>     slides etc without it being indexed.
>
>     On 04/23/2013 03:11 AM, Doug Schepers wrote:
>
>         Hi, Patrick-
>
>         As much as I appreciate Frozenice's many contributions, I feel
>         the same way about this particular issue.
>
>         Before the launch, I bought the wpd.cc domain for the same
>         purpose, but I was afraid of just this, that it would get
>         indexed, so I didn't really promote it. I wasn't sure that it
>         would be harmful; I'm glas that someone with SEO skills can
>         speak definitively about it.
>
>         Lea pointed out earlier that Twitter has a fixed length for
>         all links, so the shortener isn't needed there, and in fact
>         they use their own shortener, so it would be doubly-redirected.
>
>         I do like the idea of shortlinks like
>         webplatform.org/apis/canvas
>         <http://webplatform.org/apis/canvas> to
>         http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/apis/canvas, for links in
>         slides, etc. If Frozenice were to install his shortener on
>         webplatform.org <http://webplatform.org>, would that still
>         hurt SEO?
>
>         Regards-
>         -Doug
>
>
>         On 4/23/13 2:59 AM, Patrick D'Souza wrote:
>
>             Hi,
>
>             It has been brought to my notice that wpd.mx
>             <http://wpd.mx> has been setup as a url
>             shortener for webplatform.org <http://webplatform.org>
>             urls. for e.g. wpd.mx/apis/canvas
>             <http://wpd.mx/apis/canvas> 301s to
>             http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/apis/canvas.
>             <http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/apis/canvas>
>
>             This url has been indexed by Google and I don't like the
>             thought of
>             different urls pointing to the same content when a user is
>             searching for
>             canvas in a search engine. It dilutes the positive effects
>             of a
>             webplatform.org <http://webplatform.org> url.
>
>             Sorry to be a little picky but we should avoid all such
>             short urls which
>             confuse a user and in turn result in duplicate content
>             being served to
>             search engines. I see the benefit of a url shortener as it
>             can be useful
>             in social media campaigns as well as brand promotion for
>             webplatform.org <http://webplatform.org>. I propose we use
>             this url shortener on webplatform.org <http://webplatform.org>
>             itself for e.g. webplatform.org/font-size
>             <http://webplatform.org/font-size> which would redirect to
>             docs.webplatform.org/css/properties/font-size
>             <http://docs.webplatform.org/css/properties/font-size>.
>             Every 301 is one
>             additional request for a user which is not good in terms
>             of performance.
>             I would appreciate if we avoid 301s as far as possible
>             unless it's
>             absolutely required. Always, keep it simple :)
>
>             Any thoughts and feedback are much appreciated.
>
>             - Patrick
>
>
>
>
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