[arch-dev-public] Mirror status page

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 14:24:28 EDT 2010

Suggestions and things are quoted below.

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 8:41 PM, Sander Jansen <s.jansen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> Just nitpicking here: putting "Unknown" into the columns messes up
> sorting for certain columns. For example when sorting the out-of-sync
> mirrors by score, from best-to-worst, it will put the "unknowns" on
> top e.g best. It would make more sense to put them on the bottom e.g.
> worst.

Thanks! Fixed locally and will get pushed out.

On Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 5:31 AM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
> On Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:52:55 -0500, Dan McGee <dpmcgee at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:53 AM, Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de> wrote:
>>> * You should rethink about putting those equations into yellow boxes
>>> with a bigger font size. They are not really the most important content
>>> on that site.
>> This really has more to do with the theme/styling on the entire side
>> and less to do with this page. I honestly don't think it distracts too
>> much, but if a lot of people do we should adjust the theme. It is odd
>> that the <tt/> and <code/> tags don't really match up; you can see I
>> used both of them.
>> Should I just switch to <tt/> everywhere?
> No idea. But I'd reduce the font size to match the one from the
> surrounding text. It's not distracting, but clearly highlighted. But I
> don't care that much about this...

<tt/> everywhere it is.

>>> * One should add to the "μ Delay" that it has an error of about an hour
>>> (=frequency of your cron job). Especially those with a delay of less
>>> than an hour sync hourly for real.
>> I'm not sure I follow your logic- if they sync on the top of the hour,
>> then we're pretty close to the "average" delay, which is halfway
>> between 0-59 minutes anyway. I think it might be worth scheduling the
>> cronjob in a slightly different way to not give any mirror an
>> advantage. If we sync on the following schedule (13 times in 12
>> hours), no one time would get the benefit:
>> 0:04 0:59 1:54 2:49 3:45 4:40 5:35 6:30 7:26 8:21 9:16 10:11 11:07
>> Sounds confusing of course, but would this make things better?
> Should work. Another option would beto just round up the values to
> hours.

This should all be taken care of.

>>> * Make the mirror urls "clickable"
>> I thought of this, but not sure what to click through to. We can
>> easily do a mirror info page, but we can't/shouldn't show everything
>> publicly.
> I was more thinking about just putting an a tag around the url. :-)

Seems a bit silly to link to the mirror itself only because there
isn't much of use there. If you want a package, we have the download
package link, etc. But there are some more changes coming that expose
the mirror "objects" a bit more publicly via "/mirrors/".

>>> * Would be nice if you could use the iso country names. E.g. its not
>>> Great Britain but United Kingdom or Russian Federation instead of
>>> Russia.
>> We've been using these same names for ages. I can give you permission
>> to go in and update things as you see fit if you'd like- the country
>> is just freeform right now, there aren't choices.
> So I could just update these values in the db without any side effects?
>> Getting this tied to an actual country object could make GeoIP
>> integration of some sort be useful later down the road.
> That was my intention.

Haven't seen any progress on this. :)

I'm going to push the remaining changes public soon, and then publish
a news item if that is OK highlighting the new page. If there are any
more objections or feedback please get it in now.


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