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From Pedro Giffuni <...@apache.org>
Subject Re: investigation using Google Webmaster tools
Date Fri, 03 Aug 2012 18:54:26 GMT
Hi;

>________________________________
> From: Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org>
...
>
>Ughh.   Obviously we cannot do this kind of research for every one of
>the 64 thousand links.
>
>But in other cases we can help.  For example this link is giving 404 error:
>
>http://www.openoffice.org/licenses/lgpl_license.html
>
>I think we removed that intentionally, since that is no longer our


Raises hand: one of the truly good uses I've made of my axe.


>license.  However, that link was used by many other websites,
>including university course materials looking at open source licenses,
>etc.:  http://www.cs.utsa.edu/~bylander/cs1023/chapter8links.html
>

The text in that link says "OpenOffice License":  redirecting to the
Apache License would've been more appropriate in this context but
in general would've not been acceptable, so I think the 404 error is a
reasonable solution. In this case breaking the link was actually a feature.


>So in cases like this we might want to restore the page.  Do our part
>to help prevent bit rot and entropy from destroying the web.
>

We cannot do maintainance for broken links here. Perhaps we should
remind users to report broken links on the originating websites.

Pedro.

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