[Bioc-devel] notify out-dated branches

Dan Tenenbaum dtenenba at fredhutch.org
Sun Jun 12 19:02:38 CEST 2016

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Yu, Guangchuang" <gcyu at connect.hku.hk>
> To: "bioc-devel" <bioc-devel at r-project.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 1:44:12 AM
> Subject: [Bioc-devel] notify out-dated branches

> Dear all,
> I found many peoples still using (and asking questions of) out-dated branch
> of Bioconductor packages that are no longer maintained.
> I think it would be great to have a message notifying them when they are
> browsing the web page of out-dated branches, just like we have a message
> for devel branch.
> For example, for BioC 3.2, a message like:
> This is the BioC 3.2 version of XXX_pkg; for the current stable release
> version, see XXX_pkg_url.
> would be helpful.

We have implemented your suggestion for package landing pages for old versions 2.8 through 3.2.
For technical reasons, it will take a little longer to implement this for versions prior to 2.8.

We try to make sure that search engines do not index old package landing pages, but 
people sometimes still link to a particular version of a package landing page in publications, etc.
As Martin points out, it's best to use the "short URL" of the package, for example:


If you click on that page and go to the bottom you will see a line saying
"Package Short Url". And then if you mouse over the short url it says

"Canonical url for use in publications, etc., will always redirect to current release version (or devel if package is not in release yet).".


> Best wishes,
> Guangchuang
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