Manual.seafile.com GitBook

Hi,

I would like to see manual.seafile.com being available again. It was very useful and unfortunately the new Seafile Wiki cannot keep up with the old solution. Some of the issues I have are

  • all links are broken, forcing one to search everything again
  • the search does not work well, when clicking show more one has to login
  • the page loads (much) slower than the old one (some pages need more than 5 seconds)
  • one cannot submit documentation fixes and there is no versioning (at least no public versioning)
  • the manual cannot be searched using Google

Kind regards,
Sven

@daniel.pan

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Big upvote!

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+1 (Yes, please!)

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It looks like that I was not the only one who was missing the manual.seafile.com.

@shoeper thanks for start the thread.

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I agree, the new Seafile manual does not provide the same UX as the old one.

But: I suppose this will change quite a bit soon. The 2nd bullet in the list above will be fixed in the next release. As the wiki function progresses - and it will using the seafile roadmap as a guide - , the technical deficiencies vis-a-vis the old solution will also gradually disappear. So in terms of platform, I am against any change and I advocate patience.

More important to me than page speed and the availability of public versioning is content quality and consistency. There is lots of room for improvement there! Hence, my vote goes to improving structure and content of the manual.

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I think this can also get better when it is possible to contribute. Be it just a corrected typo letting the manual look more professional or some additional technical information someone did research on.

It also is not possible to use anchors on “download.seafile.com”.

And the manual cannot be searched using google.

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Just found out that it’s likely due to robots txt. Maybe you can allow at least the 4 public wikis.

See https://download.seafile.com/robots.txt

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The manual still cannot be found on Google. This is REALLY REALLY BAD. People are asking stuff over and over again and most probably they just don’t know where the docs are.

@daniel.pan @Jonathan

Also it would be very nice if you could fix anchors. E.g. https://download.seafile.com/published/seafile-manual/changelog/changelog-for-seafile-professional-server.md#user-content-6.2.13%20(2018.5.18)

When clicking the link it won’t be scrolled to the anchor, but stay at the top (while it should scroll to the anchor).

Additionally when clicking a link with ctrl it is not opened in a new tab (should be opened in a new tab). The issue also exists on https://www.seafile.com/en/support/

And there are still outdated links. E.g. https://download.seafile.com/published/seafile-manual/client/client.md links to an inexistent seacloud.cc page.

I agree! This is a significant problem!

Since the switch from GitBook to a Seafile wiki, the Seafile Manual has been kicked out of the Google index in its entirety. Check this out: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Adownload.seafile.com

This poses problems on different levels:
a.) Unnecessary questions in the forum
b.) Poor visibility of Seafile in general on Google
c.) Poor customer experience because they don’t find the required information
d.) If wiki pages do not get indexed, this is a show-stopper for the use of Seafile’s wiki function

Fortunately, this problem should be easily fixable.

@daniel.pan @Jonathan This problem affects not only Seafile’s wiki, but also the wiki at https://docs.seatable.io/published/seatable-manual/

Thanks for pointing out the problem. It is related to we prevent robots previously to prevent public share links to shown in search engine.

We will see how to solve the problem.