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From Roberto Galoppini <roberto.galopp...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Anything we can do about premature redistribution?
Date Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:11:54 GMT
2014-04-19 16:21 GMT+02:00 Andrea Pescetti <pescetti@apache.org>:

> On 02/04/2014 Roberto Galoppini wrote:
>
>> softpedia.com ... passes traffic through our download redirector flow
>> ... we can indeed redirect this traffic by referrer to a
>>
>> different landing page if one is provided.
>>
>
> Can't we just serve a 403? It's their problem, not ours. It's not rude at
> all, it's a way to protect our users: if we don't want that our unreleased
> versions are purported for real releases, we need that users only access
> them from a page on apache.org, on openoffice.org or e-mail until we
> release them.
>
> So matching the HTTP referer and serving a 403 unless it comes from *.
> apache.org , *.openoffice.org or is empty seems the best solution to me.
> If we really want to be extra-polite, http://www.openoffice.org/
> download/devbuilds.html should be scary enough for casual users.
>

We could take the chance to educate those users about which is the last
available version, though. Reading Softpedia site it's clear they are not
providing the end-user with a way to pick up 4.0.1 or 4.1 beta, and the
title is just confusing "Apache OpenOffice.org 4.0.1 / 4.1.0 Beta".

Our aim I believe it's to expand our userbase, redirecting them to an
openoffice page explaining which are the options might be a good thing.

Thoughts?



>
> Of course, if this is a manual operation that must be done when we enter
> RC phase and undone after release, and only the SourceForge staff can do
> that, then this becomes a bit complex. Or can the project members who have
> access to the SourceForge area enable/disable the protection with no need
> for external help?
>

So far regex-based redirect based on referral need to be managed by
SiteOps, but I can make sure we get what we want.

Roberto



>
> Regards,
>   Andrea.
>
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