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Re^3: www.perlmonks.org vs. perlmonks.org (history)by tye (Sage)
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I'm not "logged in" to any of those 6 host names. I like the reduced risk of somebody tricking my browser into submitting to PerlMonks in a way that my identity will be misused.
Instead, I have several "secret" host names in /etc/hosts on each system where I log in to PerlMonks more than temporarily.
The 6 host names are an artifact of history. But there are people using multiples of them. And any registered monk can have use for more than one host name because it can be useful to conveniently see how Anonymous Monk sees something.
And just perlmonks.org vs. www.perlmonks.org (or even testing.perlmonks.org) makes it somewhat difficult to have multiple login states since cookies get shared in one direction in such a case (but not in the other direction).
So, it would be possible to add more than one *.perlmonks.org host name and turn the other 5 existing host names into redirects to www.perlmonks.org, but that would require several people to make adjustments and so should include a plan w/ announcements and a schedule and such. And that could well happen one day. There are advantages, as noted already.
(Also, I don't have access to make adjustments to perlmonks.* DNS configuration nor does any active member of gods, that I am aware of. I've been meaning to try to change that, though.)
But it isn't like it is a big priority to do this. PerlMonks' SEO is just fine, thankyouverymuch. And we had already told Google that www.perlmonks.org was the official host name for the 6 different host names. But Google was still indexing the same page more than once so this notification isn't perfect (and doesn't cover the non-Google search engines).
Higher priority tasks would include: Block robots from the "comment on" and "reply" links and provide "canonical URL" information for most pages. And there are a bunch of other search-engine-related improvements of rather low priority that I'd still put above deprecating host names (and don't look like they are going to happen any time soon).