George,

I found some more content for the website. There are several books written
on Lucene, and even one on Lucene.Net. Not many open source projects can say
they have a book written about them, so I think we should tout that fact
even if the books do have bad reviews.

1. Instant Lucene.Net:
https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Lucene-NET-Michael-Heydt/dp/1782165940
2. Lucene 4 Cookbook:
https://www.amazon.com/Lucene-4-Cookbook-Edwood-Ng/dp/1782162283
3. Lucene in Action, Second Edition: Covers Apache Lucene 3.0:
https://www.amazon.com/Lucene-Action-Second-Covers-Apache/dp/1933988177
4: Building Search Applications: Lucene, Lingpipe, and Gate:
https://www.amazon.com/Building-Search-Applications-Lucene-Lingpipe/dp/06152
04252
5: Information Retrieval: Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines (MIT
Press): https://www.amazon.com/dp/0262528878
6: There are some others, even books written in German and Chinese

Options:

1. Contact the publishers directly and ask for permission to use the images
(can't see why that would be an issue for them).
2. Find an advertising plugin that can be tailored to only display relevant
books.

Are you still available to complete this? What you have done looks great. We
just need to add the remaining content and links and update the theme of
that CGI download page to match (see my previous email for a link to the old
repository with the website).

There is a little more work to do to get Benchmark and Replicator
integrated, after which I will be looking into how to get the website and
documentation into the build process. We should follow the same folder
structure as the current website and make the docs a subfolder. Ideally, the
build script will generate both websites and automatically update the
documentation link on the main website to point to the latest API version,
but there should also be a way to keep links to the API docs of every prior
release in an archive. Perhaps it can be another page or some kind of
dropdown that becomes visible when tapped/clicked. Either way, we will need
a way for the script to automatically update these links (move the current
documentation link to the archive, and add the newest version) on each
release build.


Thanks,
Shad Storhaug (NightOwl888)


-----Original Message-----
From: Shad Storhaug [mailto:s...@shadstorhaug.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 2:53 AM
To: George Kinsman
Cc: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: New Website

George,

FYI - I found the source code for the old website:
https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/lucene.net/site

I was trying to figure out how the download page
(http://lucenenet.apache.org/download.cgi) is setup. For example, how does
it determine what mirror to set as default?, where does it get the mirrors
to list?, etc. Looks like it is just a wrapper around
http://www.apache.org/dyn/mirrors/mirrors.cgi. To get the current mirror
list and "default" mirror we could either use the same approach with cgi or
it looks like we could do this using JavaScript:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8962757/executing-a-cgi-script-via-javas
cript

Hah - they also tried to do something with that green Lucene logo - but it
really turned out bad:
https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/lucene.net/site/images/lucene_net_green_460
.GIF


Thanks,
Shad Storhaug (NightOwl888)



-----Original Message-----
From: Shad Storhaug [mailto:s...@shadstorhaug.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:05 AM
To: George Kinsman
Cc: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: New Website

George,

Before I get into responses, what I am thinking would work best is melding
together the best ideas from these 4 websites we have to draw on:

1. https://simpleinjector.org/index.html
2. https://autofac.org/
3. https://lucenenet.apache.org/
4. https://lucene.apache.org/

The first 2 in terms of design and organization. The second 2 in terms of
content.

> Those links are great - do you think they should all be as visible as the
github/mail list at the top? Maybe that area should be reserved for the most
directly useful links? At a glance the might be:
        - Github
        - Mailing list archives 
        - StackOverflow
        - Nuget
        - JIRA
The others could possibly go in sub-menu's at the top - That way they'd be
visible (as they're still v important) but not have so much 'air-time' so to
speak. Thoughts?  

I would consider the link to signing up for the mailing lists (since it
effectively is Apache's replacement for an issue tracker on GitHub) to trump
the mail archives, but other than that I agree this looks like a good "short
list" for the top of the site.

I was hoping you could find the right balance to organization. But as I
mentioned above, I like the way SimpleInjector organizes the data - in
particular they have the "Learn", "Use", and "Engage" links at the bottom.
Autofac also organizes their links similarly. Maybe we need to do some
re-categorizing because our "Use" category would be full but our "Engage"
category only has "Contribute" (well, I guess we could put a link to
Apache's site there and maybe a link to a page with known users of
Lucene.Net) and our "Learn" only has "Wiki" and "API" (and I guess user list
mail archive), but you get the general idea. I am pretty sure all of those
icons are available as fonts via Bootstrap, so doing something like this
should be pretty straightforward.

That said, those links are just ideas I am putting out there. I don't
consider this an exhaustive list - I am sure by going through the Lucene and
Lucene.Net websites there might be a slightly different way to arrange them
(for example, we should probably make a similar "download" page with all of
the info about checking the hashes -
https://lucenenet.apache.org/download.cgi - and put the download latest and
archive links on it), and there are probably more links we need to uncover.

For example, should we have a Twitter account? Do we have a Twitter account
for that matter? And maybe we could have a forum someday, but for now I
think we can rely on the mailing lists and StackOverflow for providing
support, since both are pretty active with people willing to help.

Oh, and I forgot to mention to link to Lucene's site, and there must be a
place with better graphics that we can either build or link to that
describes what an inverted index is (rather than
http://lucene.sourceforge.net/talks/pisa/). 

Code Samples

I agree with you and like to have the code front and center demonstrating
first and foremost that the library is easy to use, rather than spending a
whole day trying to determine whether the library is easy to use by
experimenting. The only thing I don't like is that when you are down in the
API docs you have to link offsite from there to view them. There must be
some solution where we can put them in both places without having to
navigate off site and without having to duplicate content...

Calling Dispose() in practice cannot be safely done without a try-finally
block. A using block can be done in fewer lines. Also, I recently discovered
that you can chain multiple using statements together rather than nesting
them, which cuts down even more on lines of code and indentation
(https://github.com/apache/lucenenet/blob/master/src/Lucene.Net.Demo/Facet/S
impleFacetsExample.cs#L102-L103). The problem with samples that don't show
best practices is that most people will not follow the best practices if
they are not in the sample. A good example (of a bad example) of this is the
default route in MVC - almost everyone copies and pastes it, which produces
one route that entirely overrides the other one rendering the second one
totally unreachable. If there were only a simple example of how to make a
proper route to override the default in the MVC generated template, it would
save thousands of people from making the same mistake the first time they
try it. I don't think it would be a good idea to assume the reader already
knows how to properly call Dispose() or use a using block.

> I'm curious which parts you're referring to as extra?

I was referring to the organization of the Lucene.Net.Demo code into
methods, and all of the extra code that is required to interact with the
Console UI (other than perhaps Console.WriteLine). The quick start should
just show it all in one lump and assume that the end user will know enough
about best practices to organize the code into methods (which you are doing
already). Ideally, the index sample will be self-contained (that is contain
its own sample data for indexing in a data structure that is
pre-initialized), and should be written to run on any platform without
changes as much as possible. I don't think it would be a bad thing if we had
to show 30-50 lines of code in order to make a sample that works.

I suppose technically it is possible to make both the index and search into
a single sample that would make the job easier to run. But then people might
have trouble trying to dissect the code to do what you would need to in the
real world (index out of band with search). So, two samples is a must. But
we don't need all of the extras such as NRT, non-standard analyzers, etc.
Just the bare metal code to get the job done in the most generic way - let
the user dive into the API docs (hopefully we can write some good tutorials
there) to find the advanced options.

> I wonder if the first goal might need a slight update, now that the
project isn't so much an automated port but a curated one. Super quick idea:
' Maintain a curated port of the Java Lucene project in C# that follows the
same direction and feature set of the Java Lucene project.'

Technically, much of this was automatically ported using a tool, and it is
still for the most part a line by line port of Lucene. We only diverged in
places where differences in architecture and conventions differed between
.NET and Java (for example Disposable(), renaming "Comparator" to
"Comparer", differences in generics, etc).  We are also using the same
binary format for index files as Lucene 4.8.0 so you can create an index in
Java and read it in .NET and vice versa (some more content to add).

I am hoping to add some more extension methods and a POCO to Document mapper
of some sort (like in Lucene.Net.Linq), but those will be in addition to the
Java ported code, not changes to it.

> As mentioned before I used that one as Lucene.Net seemed to not be very
useful on its own, but I agree with your thinking - it's the main package.
it might be worth linking to a page somewhere (or having it further down a
bit on the main site) that explains each package. I can see there's
explanations on the github page, but perhaps with more detail.

The end game is to create an API docs home home page similar to Lucene
(https://lucene.apache.org/core/4_8_0/) that describes all of the packages
(I haven't checked how the API docs are progressing - this might already be
in place). I also listed them on GitHub to link to the NuGet packages. I
think all we need on the web site is that link I supplied previously to all
of the NuGet packages
(https://www.nuget.org/packages?q=Author%3A%22The+Apache+Software+Foundation
%22+Tag%3Alucene.net) - that way if/when the rest of the remaining packages
are ported, we won't need to change the web site. NOTE: There will be 2
(maybe 3) more packages to add to that list plus the new CLI tool in the
next beta release which I am working on putting together now, after which
there will be 4 more remaining to port over.

NOTE: The API docs also have some content you can utilize or adapt to a .NET
version to use (or when the time comes, link to).

> In terms of logo, are you particularly attached to the Java lucene
font/logo? I've been browsing through the noun project and have found a few
simple logo's that have the search icon that could replace the current wavy
thing. I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of the classic lucene green or the font -
it looks a tad aged (though that's probably just me.)

I think that keeping the branding similar between Lucene.Net and Lucene is
helpful to make it easy to identify that this IS Lucene, but running on the
.NET platform. The font they used I think is supposed to look "dated" by
design, just like when you go to the Apple store and you see all of those
"modern but old" 1950's style Fender guitar logos (latest technology hiding
behind old marketing techniques and antiquated looking designs).

But I am not in love with the puke green color. I would be happy to change
it to a nice royal blue to match our current themes for the API docs and the
web site (it is just a little more work to do, that is all). Frankly, I
think anyone who drifts too far away from a standard Arial or Verdana font
for a logo is making a mistake, but I believe keeping similar branding with
Lucene (with a .NET twist) is a bit more important than that. If you can
look at the logo and make the connection between both Lucene and .NET, I
think we have hit our goal.

That said, the Lucene logo looks much better at 200px than 300px. Perhaps I
should just make the whole thing smaller so it won't be so wide - I could
probably get it down to 400-450px wide and make a smaller one that is about
2/3 of that so it isn't so difficult to work with. I could also add a bit of
extra border so it positions better without having to fix it up with CSS
(much like the one you have now). Just let me know what works best for the
size and I will build to that spec.

Also, I could convert that magnifying glass into vector graphics so they
scale down better. Or we could use a different one. I originally chose it
because it had a big lens area, so I could put "magnified" content in it for
BoboBrowse.Net (https://github.com/NightOwl888/BoboBrowse.Net#readme). But
if there is no content in it we could just as well use a smaller one.

DEMO

I just noticed that Lucene also has a demo search box on their site. I don't
know what good a search would do on what will likely be a small site with a
few pages, but it would be a cool feature if we had an interactive online
demo of Lucene.Net in action, especially if we could put together a faceted
search demo drilling down into data. Let's consider that a wish list item -
a "could have", not a "must have".


Thanks,
Shad Storhaug (NightOwl888)


-----Original Message-----
From: George Kinsman [mailto:geo...@georgekinsman.com] 
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 8:22 PM
To: Shad Storhaug
Cc: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: New Website

Thanks for the comments, they're hugely valuable. I've actioned most of
them, with some additional thoughts/questions on a few. 

1. Fixed
2/4/5. It's a tricky balance to make I think, that's for sure! Perhaps to
make the samples more useful we could link classes in the code samples to
their respective API docs, or the additional getting started docs? I think
having an example of how the library works on the front page could be
important to introduce new users, and to act as a kind of lightweight
reference for returning users. Personally I've found other sites that do
this more useful than those that require a few clicks/page scanning to reach
the 'guts' of a library - I tend to try to intellisense from there when
playing around. Perhaps it is a bit too much code though.

The IDisposable usage is a tricky one - on the one hand the samples should
most definitely display correct usage, although such usage would break the
flow and indentation of the display as it's currently divided (with the
re-use of the writer too). Perhaps it's enough to just call dispose on the
writer/dir/analyser at the end with a comment? The sample itself could link
to some docs on how to manage the lifetimes of these objects with IoC in
mind:

<a href="link-to-lifetime-docs">
// Cleanup
writer.Dispose();
dir.Dispose();
analyser.Dispose();
</a>

I actually did use that demo code to help fashion those code samples, though
apart from the obvious IDisposable/spelling error, I'm curious which parts
you're referring to as extra? The code is runnable with LinqPad after
installing Lucene.Net.Analyzers.Common (hence why I used that as the nuget
target, it seemed to be the most necessary package) but I wasn't really able
to slim it down any further while retaining some runnable code that produced
something. I toyed with the idea of linking to a downloadable LinqPad sample
(I used it to write this sample, as evidenced by the `.Dump()` calls) but
wanted to get feedback first.  I'm not hugely attached to any particular
strategy here, just that I think having some code is important.

3. Those links are great - do you think they should all be as visible as the
github/mail list at the top? Maybe that area should be reserved for the most
directly useful links? At a glance the might be:
        - Github
        - Mailing list archives 
        - StackOverflow
        - Nuget
        - JIRA
The others could possibly go in sub-menu's at the top - That way they'd be
visible (as they're still v important) but not have so much 'air-time' so to
speak. Thoughts?  
6. Totally agree - we stick to American English here too just to match
conventions with the BCL/style guides. I had it right in the code, but
missed the title!
7. Good thoughts - fixed.

8. Added to an About section lower down. I wonder if the first goal might
need a slight update, now that the project isn't so much an automated port
but a curated one. Super quick idea: ' Maintain a curated port of the Java
Lucene project in C# that follows the same direction and feature set of the
Java Lucene project.'

9. As mentioned before I used that one as Lucene.Net seemed to not be very
useful on its own, but I agree with your thinking - it's the main package.
it might be worth linking to a page somewhere (or having it further down a
bit on the main site) that explains each package. I can see there's
explanations on the github page, but perhaps with more detail.
10. Definitely some great content there! Will look to add some soon, perhaps
before the new 'About' section but after the code samples. Or maybe before.
11. Hah. Fixed :-).

In terms of logo, are you particularly attached to the Java lucene
font/logo? I've been browsing through the noun project and have found a few
simple logo's that have the search icon that could replace the current wavy
thing. I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of the classic lucene green or the font -
it looks a tad aged (though that's probably just me.) 

Noun Project ideas:
https://thenounproject.com/term/search/932675/
https://thenounproject.com/term/search/24561/


Anyway, just my 2 cents - hope some of this is helpful :-).

George

-----Original Message-----
From: Shad Storhaug [mailto:s...@shadstorhaug.com] 
Sent: Monday, 17 July 2017 6:35 AM
To: George Kinsman <geo...@georgekinsman.com>
Cc: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: New Website

George,

It's a start!

Since you mentioned it, I took a crack at making some logo images by merging
together the Microsoft .NET logo (look) with the Lucene logo. I am not sure
what Apache's policy is on one project using another project's logo, so if I
went horribly wrong here somebody please tell me.

I made one wide logo (490px) for the bigger viewports and a narrow one
(200px) for the smaller viewport. Not sure if these dimensions will work,
but if not let me know what might work and I will see what I can do. The
bigger one has a magnifying glass (the international symbol for search)
which feels like it definitely needs to be there. We can then use a bigger
version of the magnifying glass on NuGet so it all matches.

I also used Lucene's colors which don't match the current theme of the
website - let me know if you prefer to change the logo colors rather than
the theme. 

I uploaded the images (and their .psd files) to
https://issues.apache.org/jira/projects/LUCENENET/issues/LUCENENET-589


A few comments:

1. The "unvisited" colors of the links are blue on blue which makes them
blend into the background (making them almost invisible).
2. I am a bit torn on putting the quick start on the home page vs taking
Simple Injector's approach and just linking to it on the API docs. I like
the code front and center on the site, but it seems like the quick start
should be part of the API docs so it is easy to find when you are looking at
them. 
3. Some other links we should have:
        a. StackOverflow -
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/tagged/lucene.net
        b. Wiki -
https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/LUCENENET/Lucene.Net (Out of
date now, but I can work on updating it now that I have access)
        c. JIRA Issue Tracker -
https://issues.apache.org/jira/issues/?jql=project%20%3D%20LUCENENET%20AND%2
0status%20%3D%20Open
        d. Other Lucene Ports -
https://wiki.apache.org/lucene-java/LuceneImplementations 
        e. NuGet -
https://www.nuget.org/packages?q=Author%3A%22The+Apache+Software+Foundation%
22+Tag%3Alucene.net
        f. Apache website - http://www.apache.org/ 
        g. Mailing lists -
https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/LUCENENET/Mailing+Lists 
        h. License - http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0 
        i. Latest Release -
https://dist.apache.org/repos/dist/release/lucenenet/
        j. Release Archive - https://archive.apache.org/dist/lucenenet/ 
        k. Contribution Guide -
https://github.com/apache/lucenenet/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
4. If we do have the quick start on the home page, the first 2 examples
should be the simplest way to create an index and the simplest way to search
it (with none of the "extras"). Take a look at the
https://github.com/apache/lucenenet/blob/master/src/Lucene.Net.Demo/IndexFil
es.cs and
https://github.com/apache/lucenenet/blob/master/src/Lucene.Net.Demo/SearchFi
les.cs demos - we should have something like this, but without the console
app, extra methods, etc. - just the basic "write index" and "search index".
Having additional examples is fine, but these two should be the most
prominent. 
5. The code samples should always show the correct usage of putting
IDisposable types in a using block.
6. I think we should standardize on American English. Having a
StandardAnalyzer class being described as an "analyser" just looks strange
to me. Or, if you prefer to localize the site that would work too, but might
be a lot more work than you bargained for.
7. The headline should probably be "Lucene.Net is a high performance
full-text search engine library for .NET". Technically, we support .NET
Framework 4.5.1+, .NET Core, Mono, Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Mac, and
Xamarin.Andriod, but that is a bit wordy
(https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/standard/net-standard). You can use
that fact as content somewhere else, though (or just say that we support
.NET Framework and .NET Standard 1.5, which would cover any future platforms
MS decides to add to .NET Standard). "Embeddable" also doesn't seem like the
right term to use:
http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/definition/embedded-software. I
know what you are trying to say, but I think the term "library" covers it,
since it sets it apart from being a "service".
8. I think it is still important to state our three primary goals on the
home page (https://lucenenet.apache.org/). Maybe they don't belong at the
top, though.
9. If we are going to have a single NuGet package manager console command,
it should be for the Lucene.Net package.
10. If you are looking for content to fill the homepage with, there is some
great stuff here: https://lucene.apache.org/core/ (although there needs to
be some fact checking against lucene 4.8.0 on each of these points) 11. It's
no longer 2016 :) (well, maybe it is in Australia).


Thanks,
Shad Storhaug (NightOwl888)



-----Original Message-----
From: George Kinsman [mailto:geo...@georgekinsman.com] 
Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:41 PM
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: Re: New Website

Hi there,


I spent some time over the last week on a draft version of a new website.
I've uploaded a repository to github
(https://github.com/gkinsman/LuceneNetDraftSite) with the site and build
scripts. You can run `build.ps1` to do a one time build, and `build.ps1
-watch` to start an http server and watch script.


A sample screenshot of it is here: http://i.imgur.com/YR7wSpj.jpg. Obviously
I've made some assumptions in the sample code, and it's a very rough draft -
but it's a start, and should be quite easy to add to. I haven't touched the
logo - I don't have the skills to better the current design.


Let me know your thoughts.

George


________________________________
From: Shad Storhaug <s...@shadstorhaug.com>
Sent: 08 July 2017 17:37
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: New Website

A concern is the amount of maintenance involved with so many tools. We
already have a lot of them, so it would probably be best to reuse the tools
we have if possible to keep the learning curve and maintenance of the
infrastructure down.

> . I'm not sure how strict the rules are on exactly *what* code needs to be
hosted at Apache, but perhaps it might be wise to create a github org for
Lucene.Net for non-core repositories. We could then store the static site
there, and deploy it to apache.org as per the rules.

The lucenenet project is already part of the Apache GitHub org. I don't
think it is possible to be part of more than one organization.

I have worked with GitHub pages before and they recommended to set it up as
a different branch in the same repo. I thought it was a PITA at the time
because I had to do a git clean every time I switched between branches, but
now that I think about the workflow a bit more there could just be separate
working directories for the lucenenet project and the web site each pointing
to a different branch. So, reusing the current repo (on a separate branch)
is a possibility. We could also receive PRs for the doc updates, provided we
provide the instructions where to find them in the repo. And using a
different branch means we can easily have 2 different CI triggers so they
can be independent.


> If we used something like Wyam, content updates would become a matter of
changing/adding a new markdown document to the site repository, which could
then be built and deployed using AppVeyor<https://www.appveyor.com/> to
apache.org.
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No issue with using Wyam. However, we already are using TeamCity for CI and
should probably just create a separate build for the web site on TeamCity
(https://teamcity.jetbrains.com/project.html?projectId=LuceneNet_PortableBui
lds), so we don't have yet another tool to learn/provide permissions for. We
are also using Powershell for the build script, so it would be best to use
Powershell in this case as well as a wrapper around whatever tooling needs
to run (if necessary).

> Let me know your thoughts on what I've outlined above - I'm going to begin
working on some ideas for design, which I'll update you with as I go. I'd be
happy to set all of the above up, I think it comes down to where you'd be
willing to host the static site repository, and whether you want to go down
the GitHub org path - assuming you're happy with the direction.

It sounds like you have the right idea. Actually, I like Autofac's design
even more than SimpleInjector.

Although, it would be nice if some of the rest of the team let us know their
thoughts as well. Prescott, Stefan, Itamar, Wyatt?

Does anyone know who has or how to get access to update the existing web
site, or if it is possible to change the DNS record for lucenenet.apache.org
to a new location? The API docs are hosted on the same subdomain so this
applies to that project as well.


Recent News/Updates

Frankly, this is another thing that we really should cut out of the design
unless someone is willing to commit to keeping it updated. If we have a
design that doesn't have any dates or versions on it, it will always be
current and we don't run the risk of it looking dead even if nobody touches
it for a couple of years. I don't see any dates or version numbers on
Autofac or SimpleInjector's websites. Do we really need to announce to the
world that the project teeters on the edge of extinction because not enough
people contribute? It doesn't sound like the right formula to building a
successful community.


Vote

It looks like the last release had a couple of design proposals and the team
voted on the one they preferred
(http://apache.markmail.org/message/aafm74wp556dlohm?q=lucenenet+website).
Sounds like a great way to have community involvement...but if there is only
time for one design proposal I will vote on it :).



-----Original Message-----
From: George Kinsman [mailto:geo...@georgekinsman.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 8, 2017 9:48 AM
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: Re: Mailing List Documentation

SimpleInjector's site looks really good, although as you say it's important
to have some code samples on the homepage too. Some examples of project
homepages that I think do a really good job at this include
Serilog<https://serilog.net/>, Autofac<https://autofac.org/> and
Nancy<http://nancyfx.org/>. Each of them have clean designs, code samples,
and installation directions - and each of them are great examples of very
active .NET open source projects too. I think we could implement a nice
modern design with these things front and centre, which would give the
project a great web presence.


Where

Each of those projects are hosted using Github
Pages<https://pages.github.com/>, which is a static content host. They use
static generator tools like Jekyll to convert markdown from a git repository
into a plain html website. If we used something a little more modern like
Wyam<https://wyam.io/> with a custom theme, then we could just host it in a
github repo. Another thing about those previously mentioned projects is that
they each<https://github.com/autofac>
have<https://github.com/serilog/serilog> their
own<https://github.com/NancyFx> GitHub org, with many separate repositories
for tooling/examples/public site etc. I'm not sure how strict the rules are
on exactly *what* code needs to be hosted at Apache, but perhaps it might be
wise to create a github org for Lucene.Net for non-core repositories. We
could then store the static site there, and deploy it to apache.org as per
the rules.


How

If we used something like Wyam, content updates would become a matter of
changing/adding a new markdown document to the site repository, which could
then be built and deployed using AppVeyor<https://www.appveyor.com/> to
apache.org. That would give us a very low barrier to entry for contributions
(a GitHub PR), and allow you guys to interact with the community really
easily. The process from an approved PR to the site being updated would be
entirely automatic. The DocFX work could be hosted in a separate repo too,
which could be hosted/deployed alongside the main site.


I completely sympathise with you that the project needs to appear to be a
bit more active - I think this would be a great step to take to let the
wider .NET community know about the enormous amount of effort you're putting
into this new port, and to pull in new contributors. I'd love to help get
there however I can.


Let me know your thoughts on what I've outlined above - I'm going to begin
working on some ideas for design, which I'll update you with as I go. I'd be
happy to set all of the above up, I think it comes down to where you'd be
willing to host the static site repository, and whether you want to go down
the GitHub org path - assuming you're happy with the direction.


Cheers,

George


________________________________
From: Shad Storhaug <s...@shadstorhaug.com>
Sent: 07 July 2017 23:32
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: Mailing List Documentation

George,

I started a new issue on JIRA to track the progress of this:
https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENENET-589.

The only thing that is clear about the project at this point is that we
don't really have a clear idea what is required, so the first step is to
start picking brains about what we are actually building. I would say we
could probably have that conversation here on the dev mailing list and use
the information gathered here to list and prioritize requirements on JIRA,
and then work exclusively on JIRA from there. Some of those things to nail
down are where to build it (in the lucenenet repo or somewhere else) where
to host it, and how to deploy it.

One concern is the ability to easily update it with recent news. I don't
know offhand whether it makes more sense to integrate/build some kind of
simple CMS or if that means we need to build a TeamCity task to deploy it
frequently with updates, or some other method.

Personally, my primary concern is to keep the project going. It is not
acceptable to have a web site that looks like it belongs to a project that
nobody is maintaining (when in fact we are). We should aim to make it look
like a community that people are not afraid to jump in and help with. I am
partial to SimpleInjector's design: https://simpleinjector.org/index.html
with a modern look and feel, responsive design, and links to all of the
appropriate places to get support for the product and how to get involved. A
quick start guide for Lucene.Net is also essential to learning the basics
before diving into the API docs.
Simple Injector<https://simpleinjector.org/index.html>
simpleinjector.org
Simple injector is free. Simple Injector is open source and published under
the permissive MIT license. Simple injector is, and always will be, free.




Thanks,
Shad Storhaug (NightOwl888)



-----Original Message-----
From: George Kinsman [mailto:geo...@georgekinsman.com]
Sent: Friday, July 7, 2017 1:20 PM
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: Re: Mailing List Documentation

Thanks Shad, great list there. I'd be happy to work on a new public
site/design/icon this weekend - would this be the appropriate forum to post
ideas/progress, or perhaps a github issue/new repo? The DocFX docs look
great too, it'd be great to host them alongside/inside a new site.


Also as an aside (perhaps not the right thread for this), but I'm interested
in porting the TermFrequencyAttribute (patch here
https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-7854) from Lucene 7 in order to
customise the method of obtaining the term frequency at index time. It looks
like the building blocks for this already exist in Lucene.Net 4.8, so I
might try and spend a little time spiking out the idea if there are no
objections.



________________________________
From: Shad Storhaug <s...@shadstorhaug.com>
Sent: 07 July 2017 14:56
To: geo...@georgekinsman.com
Cc: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: Mailing List Documentation

> I'd be willing to help out with this in whatever form. Since this project
is an Apache one, does that preclude it from using something other than
apache hosted docs? Something a little more user friendly like ReadMe
(ReadMe.io) or ReadTheDocs might be useful? (ReadTheDocs.io). Both have free
open source licenses/allowances - a great example of readme is here:
https://docs.getseq.net/docs.


George, there is a (not so exhaustive) list of ideas of things to work on
here
(https://github.com/apache/lucenenet/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md#other-ways-
to-help). Also see the 2 sections above for additional things that can be
done to help.



-----Original Message-----
From: Prescott Nasser [mailto:geobmx...@hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, July 7, 2017 11:26 AM
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: Mailing List Documentation

That's a good question - it's been a while. Stefan do you recall the rules
around this?

I also am unfamiliar with those services, but would they support the effort
underway for DocFX? I think DocFX outputs some nice HTML which should be
pretty easy for us to host at apache

-----Original Message-----
From: George Kinsman [mailto:geo...@georgekinsman.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 6, 2017 5:04 PM
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org
Subject: RE: Mailing List Documentation

I'd be willing to help out with this in whatever form. Since this project is
an Apache one, does that preclude it from using something other than apache
hosted docs? Something a little more user friendly like ReadMe (ReadMe.io)
or ReadTheDocs might be useful? (ReadTheDocs.io). Both have free open source
licenses/allowances - a great example of readme is here:
https://docs.getseq.net/docs.

Cheers,
George


From: Prescott Nasser
Sent: Friday, July 7, 06:45
Subject: RE: Mailing List Documentation
To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org


Since that was a while ago, I don't think it made it anywhere. Also not sure
there is a benefit to digging through the mailing list again - let's just
make this a re-ask for help? Or open up a new thread with a better subject
to catch some attention? -----Original Message----- From: Shad Storhaug
[mailto:s...@shadstorhaug.com] Sent: Thursday, July 6, 2017 1:41 PM To:
dev@lucenenet.apache.org Subject: RE: Mailing List Documentation I have to
dig through the email, but as I recall we had 2 volunteers offer their help
to build our web site. At the time I assumed that they were being contacted
offline or on a list that I didn't have access to. Do you know if they were
replied to? Perhaps they still have the time and willingness to help...?
-----Original Message----- From: Prescott Nasser
[mailto:geobmx...@hotmail.com] Sent: Friday, July 7, 2017 3:35 AM To:
dev@lucenenet.apache.org Subject: RE: Mailing List Documentation I couldn't
for the life of me remember (or find out) how to get you permissions. So I
filed a ticket with INFRA
(https://issues.apache.org/jira/servicedesk/agent/INFRA/issue/INFRA-14530).
Definitely need to update all of our documentation and website. I'm not a
web designer - but I can help any community member who is and who wants to
help us revamp our web presence? I'm following the progress on this PR
https://github.com/apache/lucenenet/pull/206, which I think will solve our
documentation issues. Just need to get a lot of people writing up samples on
how to get started using Lucene and different features -----Original
Message----- From: Shad Storhaug [mailto:s...@shadstorhaug.com] Sent:
Thursday, July 6, 2017 1:13 PM To: dev@lucenenet.apache.org Subject: Mailing
List Documentation Hello, We received a complaint
(https://github.com/synhershko/LuceneNetDemo/issues/3#issuecomment-307391518
) from someone who wanted to contribute, but couldn't figure out how to sign
up for the dev list because (apparently) the WIKI documentation isn't clear
enough
(https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/LUCENENET/Mailing+Lists). He
tried to signup using the *actual* email listed on the page
(list-subscr...@lucenenet.apache.org) and it bounced. He also made mention
of our out of date documentation on the web site and WIKI pages. What
happened with the web site revamp project and can we get that going now that
we are officially on NuGet? People get the impression the project is dead.
Also, could someone give me access to the WIKI so I can start working on
updating the docs there? Is that the recommended place to add documentation
(such as walkthroughs, .NET platform specific setup instructions, etc.) or
should we aim to make that part of the API documentation
(https://github.com/apache/lucenenet/pull/206)? While we are on that
subject, is the plan to put the new API docs at
http://incubator.apache.org/lucene.net/docs/3.0.3/Index.html (with the new
version number), or somewhere else? Thanks, Shad Storhaug (NightOwl888)


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