Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: Reuse in the large is an unsolved problem !?

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Posted by Eric Wolfram on
Malte wrote:
Out of curiosity, is there a policy on
having a standard footer in the forum postings?
>
>Fank B Wrote
>for the people reading this thread. The OpenACS.org pages
>aren't really indexed by Google. I even don't get the
>references when I do "ego surfing"... But you can try it in
>other forums.

For the record, Google has almost 1.8 million openacs.org pages in the index:
http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&q=site%3Aopenacs.org+-asdf&btnG=Search

That's a LOT of documentation :-)

If you want ego surfing, 466 of those pages have Frank Bergmann on them:
http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&q=site%3Aopenacs.org+-asdf+Frank+Bergmann&btnG=Search

Only 15 or so have the url project-open.org -- not bad.
http://www.google.com/search?num=100&hl=en&lr=&q=site%3Aopenacs.org+-asdf+http%3A%2F%2Fwww.project-open.org%2F&btnG=Search

Does it help your google score? It can't hurt. Does it help your site appear higher in search engine result pages? For certain keyphrases, sometimes, yes. Does it hurt openacs.org? Probably not. Does it bug me? Not at all, I like the option of seeing other openacs people's sites.

As for Lars and the reuse in the large apology: Maybe rewriting applications works for him and the other great programmers here, I do see the point, the added complexity of openacs is often unnecessary, but plebeian programmers like me who rely on the shoulders of giants unfortunately don't have the option of writing whichever applications we dream up, as needed, as if we were Philip Greenspun on a mission. We, thankfully, like the "community in a box" idea and properly discourage clients from their (often un-needed) customizing. :-)

Rails is a bunch of procs. Maybe one day in the future someone will aspire to use Rail to to make a united multi-user multi-groups "community in a box" application suite that approaches what openacs is today -- but that day is not today and it might never happen.

And at some level, doesn't reuse in the large have to occur? I mean, even Rails is on linux or some database that IS reused programming?