June 03, 2003

Dealing with Linkrot

Via Unfogged, Puxedo has written a possible solution to the linkrot problem:

Unfogged Archives: Unfogged is only two months old and already linkrot was creeping into some of the older posts. When we first started the blog, I thought posts were by nature transitory, almost like spoken words, but the blog has become a way for me to keep track of things I've read and said and dead links make a lot of the posts incomprehensible.

Luckily, there is this very cool solution to linkrot, which, much like Google, allows us to cache locally pages that are likely to disappear. It works like this (note the URL).

Our old host didn't support one key piece of the plugin that allows us to cache pages, so, despite otherwise excellent service, we had to move.

In order to be fair to sites that make their content disappear deliberately, the cache directory will be inaccessible to search engines and direct links to cached content will not work (they work now, but won't when the DNS has resolved itself).

If you have questions or suggestions, please drop me a line.

Posted by DeLong at June 3, 2003 06:53 PM | TrackBack


Are you using it? And I notice that the sample link from the post that you've copied here points to your domain and doesn't work.

Posted by: ogged on June 3, 2003 09:15 PM
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