External links in stable docs should be under Ubuntu control

Bug #118741 reported by Duncan Lithgow
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu)
Won't Fix
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: ubuntu-docs

All stable version of Ubuntu documentation are effected by this bug.

Problem:
If a link to a site not controlled by Ubuntu becomes invalid there is no way of correcting this error. Examples of broken links which could have been fixed inside the release cycle: bug# 109041, bug# 53231,

Solution:
Links to non-Ubuntu sites should go through an Ubuntu-docs controlled redirection page so they can be changed when/if the original link becomes invalid.

description: updated
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Phil Bull (philbull) wrote :

I agree that we have a problem with external links, and it would be extremely easy to implement this, but could redirection cause any problems for users?

This seems like a good candidate for a spec.

https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/gutsy

Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info
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Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

I've just been trying to start writting one - but can't find either a template or a guide. Could you help me with that before I file a bug about that problem?

Phil Bull (philbull)
Changed in ubuntu-docs:
importance: Undecided → Medium
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Phil Bull (philbull) wrote :

Sure. It should just be a matter of using the SpecTemplate when you create the wiki page for the blueprint, and just filling-in each category on the template.

Could you let me know the name of the spec too? I'm interested in working on this one.

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

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Matthew East (mdke) wrote :

This shouldn't have been automatically closed.

Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: Invalid → New
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Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

Here's an example. I've just been reading Full Circle (http://fullcirclemagazine.org/) and noticed that they have implemented exactly what I am thinking would solve this ubuntu-docs issue. In issue #5 you can read the satisfying news "SCO Applies for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection, Blames Linux". they do not link to the actual story (it's link might change) but instead link to http://url.fullcirclemagazine.org/baf9bd so they can change the redirect if they need to.

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Mads Peter Rommedahl (lhademmor) wrote :

This is now a blueprint: https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/external-links-redirects - can this bug be closed now?

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Phil Bull (philbull) wrote :

Could you leave it open for a while please? Just until this issue has been discussed more thoroughly.

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Mads Peter Rommedahl (lhademmor) wrote :

It has been several months since the last reply - could this bug be closed now, and further discussion be about the blueprint?

Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: New → Incomplete
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Mads Peter Rommedahl (lhademmor) wrote :

Still hoping for a reply, yo

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Phil Bull (philbull) wrote :

Closing the bug, since we have a spec. Thanks for the reminder, Mads.

Changed in ubuntu-docs:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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Matthew East (mdke) wrote :

I don't think that having a spec makes the bug invalid. I've linked the spec to the bug, and marked it as "wishlist" to show that it is a feature request for the future.

Changed in ubuntu-docs:
importance: Medium → Wishlist
status: Invalid → Confirmed
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Matthew East (mdke) wrote :

Any interest in fixing this bug? Personally I find it difficult to see whether the work involved will really give us much benefit. If there is anyone interested in taking it up, that's great, but otherwise I think we should close it as "Won't Fix", in the light of the passage of time since it was reported.

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
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Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote : Re: [Bug 118741] Re: External links in stable docs should be under Ubuntu control

I think that one thing to remember with this bug is that it will
almost certainly raise it's head again, especially as Ubuntu gets more
coverage. Having an Ubuntu controlled redirection URL is reasonably
trivial if the commitment is there.

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Matthew East (mdke) wrote :

There hasn't been any interest in fixing this bug and it hasn't caused us any serious problems so I'm going to close it as Won't Fix.

Changed in ubuntu-docs (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
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Duncan Lithgow (duncan-lithgow) wrote :

I would rather it was left as 'Wishlist' simply because I think it's a
reasonable idea. But you guys decide.

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