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link rot

n.
The process or condition in which links on a website become irrelevant or cease to function, as when the locations they point to are webpages that have been modified, relocated, or no longer exist.
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link rot

Links on a website that is not regularly maintained may become obsolete over time. They are said to be subject to link rot.
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According to Perma.cc, "roughly 70% of cited links in academic legal journals and 20% of all science, technology and medicine articles suffer from link rot." Annoying to the casual reader, it's deadly when research that's been cited links to blank pages or unrelated material, rendering validation of scientific studies nigh on impossible.
This volume has concise information and analyses on topics such as privacy-protection technology tools; hots and automation; machine learning applications for libraries; linked open data; special collections and digital publishing; and link rot, web archiving, and the future of the Distributed Web.
(2) A second printing of the book, now online, addresses the "link rot" problem by adding links to the many documents that have been placed in permanent archival files.
A companion blog solves the problem of link rot: web resources and new additions are kept current, and additional materials are posted.
(15) The permanence of the footnotes' content faces a modern threat with the growth of electronic scholarship and the resulting "link rot" or "reference rot" of citations to Internet resources.
Shirl Kennedy breaks down the process of link rot in "When Good Links Go Bad" on page 8, and Thomas Pack explains the bibliophilic benefits of maintaining a Goodreads profile on page 31.
Nevertheless, this has remained a steadfast policy from the very beginning of IMSLP for one simple reason that scholars refer to as "link rot".
What happens, then, when the Internet site referenced in a decision is not maintained, resulting in "link rot," defined as "websites that have disappeared, been removed, been relocated, or been lost and are no longer accessible as originally posted?" (37)
The primary problem addressed by the current study is the reduced discoverability of Extension resources over time due to broken links, also known as link rot. Broken links commonly occur when resources are removed from a website or when a website is reorganized (Stranack, 2006; Paskin, 2006).
Link rot. Avoid making false promises (weak or nonexistent content) and links going to error messages.
As a nonce-word, blog rot has more going for it than just assonance and the one-two punch of short one-syllable words; it also recalls link rot, the well-established term that describes the tendency of links on the World Wide Web to go bad over time (as web pages are taken down or moved).