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From "Glen Mazza (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ROL-712) Allow user to edit Weblog Entry anchor
Date Wed, 18 Dec 2013 04:26:08 GMT

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Glen Mazza commented on ROL-712:
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Google Blogger allows you to enter in a custom permalink if you don't want the default (calculated
similar to Roller's generated URLs), but you can't change it afterwards.  Wordpress is more
restrictive (no custom permalink, no changing of URLs, but you can specify the general format
of the URL: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks).  So neither of them have the ability
to change a permalink without the delete and resubmit blog entry technique.  Both blogging
tools have come to the same conclusion as Roller has so far that needing to change the URL
is so rare (and the delete-and-recreate workaround so simple) that it's just not worth making
the UI noisier to support it.  Other problems are that entry fields to type in a desired URL
generally aren't very attractive, and if the newbie user types in a foolish URL (e.g., http://www.myblog.com/my@trip#to!florida)
external users end up thinking that it's *Roller* (and not the user) generating silly URLs,
making our product look bad.

Most bloggers do not care about the URL, or SEO in general, for the simple reason that most
bloggers just blog a few times a year over casual stuff.  But for those who do (like me),
as a practical matter, I have to save and preview the blog entry multiple times before I hit
the publish button anyway, so I don't mind typing in the desired URL first before switching
the actual title I want.  I've been blogging heavily for years with Roller and it's never
bothered me.  Further, I generally know the blog URL I want at the time I write the blog entry,
so I rarely need to change it via deleting and creating a new blog entry.

Still, we should add in instructions explaining how to get your desired URL (and change it)
in the Roller user's guide (if it's not there already), but I think we can close this as a
"won't fix", if we're wrong so is WordPress and Blogger.

> Allow user to edit Weblog Entry anchor
> --------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: ROL-712
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ROL-712
>             Project: Roller
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: David Johnson
>            Assignee: Roller Unassigned
>            Priority: Minor
>
> Allow user to edit the weblog entry anchor, after all, a user can already change the
permanent link of a post by changing the date (we do nothing to prevent that).



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