Nebraska Researchers Measure the Extent of Link Rot in Distance EducationCRLF

Vincent Kiernan, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Apr 10, 2002
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Link rot is what happens when somebody moves a website, thus invalidating every link pointing to that site. I must admit that I have been an unwitting culprit - I wonder how many error 404s Assiniboine generates from people looking for me, all because someone there wouldn't run a simply three-line redirect script. Nobody has solved link rot, not even Google (which still lists my entire Assiniboine site from three years ago). No surprise, then, is the effect of link rot on online courses (more surprising, though, is the speed with which it occurs).
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