Why LP’s URL design?

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Just a question out of curiosity. Why was LP’s URL design modeled on


…instead of…



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Best Curtis Hovey (sinzui) said :

Launchpad emphasises that projects are shares by multiple communities. No one owns a successful project. Communities often have domain knowledge and they apply it across many projects. Translators, Answerers, even bug triggers tend to do one kind of thing and do it across many projects. It is common for users to use one Category (domain/application) 80% of the time. The principal project contributors often use 3 or 4 categories.

Using the domain/application/category as the host in the domain name tries to make this clear, but I think it is awkward. "launchpad.net/CATEGORY/+ACTION" is how Lp was setup in its beta phase, and the navigation still reflects that rule. Users do not think about the Lp applications as separate, and representing that in navigation leads to more confusion.

Lp rejects placing the project as host name because it encourages isolation. It is more difficult for users to know that they can contribute to projects. It is more difficult for projects to attract contributors.

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Zearin (zearin) said :

Thanks Curtis Hovey, that solved my question.