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posted by janrinok on Tuesday January 30, @06:50PM   Printer-friendly
from the the-net-never-forgets-ha dept.

Web developer Trevor Morris has a short post on the attrition of web sites over the years.

I have run the Laravel Artisan command I built to get statistics on my outgoing links section. Exactly one year later it doesn't make good reading.

[...] The percentage of total broken links has increased from 32.8% last year to 35.7% this year. Links from over a decade ago have a fifty per cent chance of no longer working. Thankfully, only three out of over 550 have gone missing in the last few years of links, but only time will tell how long they'll stick around.

As pointed out in the early and mid 1990s, the inherent centralization of sites, later web sites, is the basis for this weakness. That is to say one single copy exists which resides under the control of the publisher / maintainer. When that one copy goes, it is gone.


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 30, @08:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 30, @08:54PM (#1342441)

    > ... when IA is beaten to a pulp by the publishing industy

    Hasn't happened yet and the IA is well funded in terms of legal support.

    My take -- If IA is eventually forced to remove (C) material from their servers, the Wayback Machine (which is what I use for a "permanent link") will survive in some form. So I'm not worried, but you can be as doom-ey and gloomy as you like(grin).