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Title    Attrition of Web Sites Over the Recent Years
Date    Tuesday January 30, @06:50PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the the-net-never-forgets-ha dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=24/01/29/1211232

canopic jug writes:

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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  1. "canopic jug" - https://soylentnews.org/~canopic+jug/
  2. "has a short post on the attrition of web sites over the years" - https://www.trovster.com/blog/2024/01/the-loss-of-links-continues
  3. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=61972

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