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Poll: Handling lucene-dev Merge

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Lucene and Solr projects merged recently, as we mentioned in Solr Digest and Lucene Digest for March 2010.  Today, their -dev mailing lists finally finally merged.  Since Sematext runs the search-lucene.com service that makes these lists (and more) searchable, we need to decided how to handle this relatively drastic change.

Short version: Please tell us how you would like us to handle lucene-dev merge on search-lucene.com by selecting your choice in our Handling lucene-dev merge Poll.  The 2 choices are described below.

We’ve identified 2 options, and we need your input to help us decide what the right option is:

  • We can add a new lucene-dev list and start indexing it.  This would contain only the new lucene-dev content (for both Lucene and Solr development from today on).  This downside is that if you wanted to include old lucene-dev messages or old solr-dev messages in your search, you would have to explicitly select those lists.  We could rename them to lucene-dev-old and solr-dev-old for example, so the UI would show lucene-dev, lucene-dev-old, and solr-dev-old.  You’d have total control over what you want searched, but it would require you to make your choices explicitly, which also means people would have to understand what those -old lists are about and why there is no solr-dev.
  • We could merge the old solr-dev and old lucene-dev, and have a single lucene-dev that has both of those lists’ old messages (up to today), as well as all the new messages from the merged lucene-dev list from here on.  In effect, it would look as it Lucene and Solr always had a single lucene-dev list, since all of the old lucene-dev and solr-dev content would be in this new lucene-dev.  If we go this route, there would be no lucene-dev-old or solr-dev-old in the UI, just one lucene-dev choice.  But there also wouldn’t be solr-dev choice in the UI, since it doesn’t exist any  more, which may be confusing.  Thus, when you choose to search Solr, you wouldn’t see solr-dev facet in the UI, but the lucene-dev list’s content would be searched, so you wouldn’t actually miss any matches.

If there is a 3rd or 4th option that we missed, please let us know via comments!

Please tell us which option you would prefer as search-lucene.com user by selecting your choice in our Handling lucene-dev merge Poll.  Thank you.