When I was releasing the struts-master artifact, at the 'release:perform' step, a bunch of files were generated and pushed out the people.apache.org:/www/struts.apache.org. This effectively overwrote our site with a basic maven-esque site. We typically manage our site using the maven site plugin and keep that source in a different folder in SVN. We need to update the struts/maven/pom/pom.xml file so that release:perform does not do this in the future. We could update the docs here - http://struts.apache.org/2.x/docs/creating-and-signing-a-struts-21x-distribution.html , but I would rather we avoid making different artifacts have different release instructions.