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Re: Thoughts on wpd.mx domain

From: Patrick D'Souza <pdsouza@about.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:51:16 -0400
Message-ID: <51763D74.3040700@about.com>
To: PhistucK <phistuck@gmail.com>
CC: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, "public-webplatform@w3.org" <public-webplatform@w3.org>
Then /s/ it is, unless we have some other favorite character :)

On 04/23/2013 03:48 AM, PhistucK wrote:
> w/ is for internal/administrative MediaWiki pages, I would not use it.
>
>
> ☆*PhistucK*
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:46 AM, Patrick D'Souza <pdsouza@about.com 
> <mailto:pdsouza@about.com>> wrote:
>
>     I agree. How about using webplatform.org/w/some-short-thing
>     <http://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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