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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: investigation using Google Webmaster tools
Date Fri, 03 Aug 2012 19:33:18 GMT
On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 2:54 PM, Pedro Giffuni <pfg@apache.org> wrote:
> 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.
>

Certainly we can fix this on our end.  In fact I just did:

http://www.openoffice.org/licenses/lgpl_license.html

This isn't rocket science.  It is just a minor courtesy to website
visitors not to break common links for no good reason.

-Rob

> Pedro.

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