Where do I report issues with the new SuttaCentral website? Currently, all my bookmarks from the old suttaCentral website are not working? “error 404. Page not found”. Is the old SuttaCentral website still around or completely gone?
Yes, we are sorry for this, incoming links will be mostly broken.
The problem is that in the old site we only supported a single translation in one language, so the URL just has the language and the text ID. This was short-sighted!
Now we support multiple translations of the same text in the same language, so we had to add the author name to the URL.
We did discuss ways of automatically redirecting old URLs, but found no solution, I’m afraid. We will look into it again and hope to find some solution.
Meanwhile, if you remove the language code from the URL it will give you the “suttaplex” card with links to translations, etc. Alternatively, if you prefix all the old URLs with “legacy” they should work just fine, but go to the old site.
Yes, this is probably the simplest idea. Of course nothing in tech is really simple!
The problem comes from the complexity of the data, and from the fact that the old URLs simply have less information than the new ones. But the good news is that a fix doesn’t have to be 100%, as many of the more obscure texts probably have few links. So long as we can capture the majority of the main ones, we should be okay.
Our techs have discussed this, and will do more in future, but meanwhile if there’s any programmers out there who’d like a crack at this problem, let us know!