[LINK] Fixing Broken *External* Links
ivan at itrundle.com
Sun Mar 1 14:31:05 EST 2009
On 01/03/2009, at 9:01 AM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> Many links die, but many others merely move.
There's more than this to consider, Roger. URLs might remain, but the
CONTENT might change.
How do you deal with this set of circumstances?
For example, you link to a URL with, say, a review of a book. Months/
years/eons later, the URL no longer provides a review, but offers the
option of buying a review, or worse, changes the page to review a
Alternatively, a conference page which appears to be persistent now
changes to show only upcoming conferences, and not archival material
of old conference (and with no indication that the content has moved).
I can think of many more scenarios, but the linked web is a murky
place, and never 'fixed in place'.
(I won't go into the argument of what a web manager should or
shouldn't do, but rather reflect on what actually happens)
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