link rot


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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.

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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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.
Many of those lists have suffered from link rot and inattention, and the usefulness of these lists has deteriorated as people have become better at searching for popular sites themselves.
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.
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).
Now, almost 2 decades in, link rot has ballooned into a major problem, far beyond the simple annoyance of being confronted with a 404-error page (wordspy.
In the early 2000s, as more discoveries of link rot, citation rot, and bit rot occurred, various initiatives tried to stem the tide of the ever-changing web.
Second it appears that a correspondingly high rate of citation link rot (19) is occurring.
Link rot, citation rot, and server rot are at the root of many of these dead ends on the web.