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Bernd Pollermann IT/User Support
We can now move towards a stable and consistent set of URLs.
wwwinfo, which remain valid server names, act independently and may eventually become separate entities hardware-wise, are the following:
is oriented towards groups
A comment on its name: the original name of
was wwwcn. This name had to be given up
two years ago when the
name of our division changed. Having chosen the rather
"pale" name of
wwwinfo we are confident that we can keep
consultis to facilitate access to relevant information independent of its origin. The user does not have to know which person or group (later on even division) is responsible for a given service or information.
consult does not necessarily host (but can do so at the
request of the responsible) all the information about
a given subject, but helps the user where to start.
The following may make it clearer what to expect from
consultis kept (hopefully) high by a very restrictive mechanism of submission. An exception is news where only the rules for the news group itself apply.
consultare easy to remember and sometimes even "guessable", at least for the first two levels: URLs like
consult/writeup/garfieldcan even be transmitted by phone! You may also observe that the URLs are always lower case.
is oriented towards users
A comment on its name:
consult was always
consult, but as it could not be distinguished
wwwinfo under the old server-software
it had a very low visibility in the past, and was even neglected.
Now, with its independent existence, it will be maintained
increasingly well. Look out for an article in the next CNL,
marvels in more detail, and above all what makes it different
from a normal search engine.
is oriented towards individuals
xwhowill definitely be stopped during January 1999.
The server name
wwwcn, as its usage is still
relatively high (15% of all requests), will be given
six months more, i.e. will "survive" until end of June 1999.
Two measures will be taken nevertheless:
wwwcnare redirected to
wwwinfo(which delays the requests and puts more work onto the server)
wwwcnrequest is artificially set to 404, i.e. a program (robot) will think that it did not get the page)
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