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From "Shawn Heisey (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-5631) Improve access to archived versions of Lucene and Solr
Date Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:10:20 GMT

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Shawn Heisey commented on LUCENE-5631:
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https://lucene.apache.org/core/downloads.html
https://lucene.apache.org/solr/downloads.html

Both of these links are prominent in the top nav of the main pages for Lucene-Core & Solr,
just to the right of the "news" tabs...
{quote}

This is not the first time I've been completely blind.  I did not notice those links.  Apparently
I'm not the only one, though.  I've seen the question come up in the IRC channel regularly.
 Now that they've been pointed out, I can guide people in the right direction much easier
than providing a link or telling them that they just have to click fast. :)

bq. The project has taken several steps in the opposite direction, intentionally making it
harder to access releases (and docs) for older versions, to encourage people to choose the
most recent version. 

This is understandable, but people who are explicitly looking for an older version are asking
about it.  Hoss has pointed out where to go.  I thought those links weren't there, and it
turns out that it was me, not the website.


> Improve access to archived versions of Lucene and Solr
> ------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-5631
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-5631
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: general/website
>            Reporter: Shawn Heisey
>
> When visiting the website to download Lucene or Solr, it is very difficult for people
to locate where to download previous versions.  The archive link does show up when you click
the download link, but the page where it lives is replaced in less than a second by the CGI
for picking a download mirror for the current release.  There's nothing there for previous
versions.
> At a minimum, we need a link to the download archive that's right below the main Download
link.  Something else I think we should do (which might actually be an INFRA issue, as this
problem exists for other projects too) would be to have the "closer.cgi" page include a link
to the archives.



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