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[kobes:// shortcut

by ambrus (Abbot)
on Nov 03, 2015 at 21:53 UTC ( #1146849=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

The [kobes://foo] and [kobes://foo] link shortcut used to point to a certain CPAN search server. It appears in hundreds of nodes. Those links are now broken. [kobes://XML::Twig] points to a Not Found page, and [kobes://] points to the webpage of Archimedes Math Schools. (Luckily, the argumentless form is barely used.) What should we do with these links, and their documentation? Leave broken as is and document that it's broken, leave broken except the argumentless form, redirect to some other CPAN search server, render as non-linked text, remove the shortcut, link to a faqlet explaining that that search server is gone?

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Re: [kobes:// shortcut
by GrandFather (Saint) on Nov 04, 2015 at 00:24 UTC

    Linking to an alternate search seems least disruptive to site users. I suggest metacpan.

    Premature optimization is the root of all job security
Re: [kobes:// shortcut
by syphilis (Archbishop) on Nov 04, 2015 at 08:42 UTC
    Those links are now broken

    randyk passed away on Sept 19, 2010.
    Much of what he implemented (on the uwinnipeg servers) might no longer be available.

Re: [kobes:// shortcut (alias)
by tye (Sage) on Nov 04, 2015 at 15:07 UTC

    Just make it an alias to a rough equivalent (cpan:// or such).

    - tye        

Re: [kobes:// shortcut
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 03, 2015 at 23:09 UTC
Re: [kobes:// shortcut
by soonix (Canon) on Nov 05, 2015 at 12:16 UTC

    Anonymonk's post gave me the idea: would it be possible to have the [mod://...] and [cpan://...] shortcuts user configurable? Just like the language used for [wp://...] was or is in the user settings, as says this thread.

    Then if either cpan or metacpan were down, one could simply switch to the working one ;-)

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