Fixing www.gnucash.orgs/docs

David T. sunfish62 at
Mon Nov 14 21:35:00 EST 2011


A while back I mentioned that the first hits in a Google search for a Gnucash tutorial returns outdated documentation. 

I just did a new search on "gnucash tutorial," and the top hit for me is still the v1.8  guide. The svn version is listed second, while the 2.4 version in pdf is listed third--at least on my computer.


From: Christian Stimming <christian at>
To: gnucash-devel at
Cc: David T. <sunfish62 at>
Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:02 AM
Subject: Re: Fixing www.gnucash.orgs/docs

Am Mittwoch, 15. Juni 2011 schrieb David T.:
> Would it be possible to fix so that the docs for version
> 1.8 don't
 appear at the top of Google searches? Currently, most such
> searches put at least one link for something in
> in the first few results. This can be extremely misleading to new users,
> who may not even notice the version number in the path.
> Perhaps this portion of the document tree could be zipped up and made
> downloadable for that one person out there who still needs documentation
> for 1.8, rather than have some seriously-outdated documentation presented
> to the average user who uses Google to find help for their brand new
> installation of 2.4.6.

Thanks for pointing this out. As a very first step, I've added the 1.6/1.8/2.0 
paths in robots.txt so that they shouldn't be indexed by search engines 
anymore. (There is still the 2.2 *and* 2.4 path allowed.)

Can you follow up on this issue in a few weeks from now, when the search 
engines should
 have picked up this change? If the 1.8 docs still show up more 
prominently, we should indeed do something about this (such as moving them to 
another directory "obsolete..."), but maybe we don't need to zip them up.



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