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A broken link report

 


unkulunkulu  (C License)

Nov 20, 2012, 7:37 PM
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Hi there.
This page http://www.dropzone.com/safety/Gear_and_Equipment/index.shtml
has an article titled "do skydivers care about safety?" by Bill Booth. The link is broken, it shouldn't contain the question mark, it leads to
http://www.dropzone.com/safety/Gear_and_Equipment/Do_skydivers_care_about_safety?_19.html
However, the correct link is
http://www.dropzone.com/safety/Gear_and_Equipment/Do_skydivers_care_about_safety_19.html

Also weird is that however link is broken, the site doesn't report an error but just sends to the list of articles again, which is definitely a bug.


theonlyski  (D License)

Nov 21, 2012, 6:59 AM
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In reply to:
Also weird is that however link is broken, the site doesn't report an error but just sends to the list of articles again, which is definitely a bug.

It's not uncommon to re-direct invalid links to a home page. Keeps the errors down when someone follows an outdated link.Wink


unkulunkulu  (C License)

Nov 21, 2012, 8:44 AM
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Concealing errors is a great evil in software engineering, you have to indicate that the link is dead, afterwards you can redirect wherever you want, but the user won't helplessly try to find the information he came for on a page that seems legit. It is already an error when a wrong link is followed, but the site simply fools the user into believing that everything is ok.


(This post was edited by unkulunkulu on Nov 21, 2012, 8:49 AM)


unkulunkulu  (C License)

Nov 21, 2012, 8:53 AM
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Ok, actually this website is very interesting :D
For example, this link leads to the correct page with the article
http://www.dropzone.com/safety/Gear_and_Equipment/Do_skydivers_care_about_safetyaoeuaoeaoeuoe_19.html

And it actually shows errors for some other kinds of broken links, so it tries something clever at least :D


Premier Meso
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Nov 21, 2012, 10:17 PM
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Thanks for the heads up, the reason behind the error is that we recently changed our URL structures and with the change, it ended up causing 'special characters' to break the link if they were included in the article title, we went through a process of removing the special characters from the titles, but we evidently missed one. I've gone ahead and changed it, so that the link should now be correct.


unkulunkulu  (C License)

Dec 20, 2012, 12:14 PM
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Same thing here:
http://www.dropzone.com/...kydiving/index.shtml

Maybe something more methodical than this should be done? E.g. an automated search at least for question marks?


unkulunkulu  (C License)

Jan 5, 2013, 1:48 PM
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Ok, so I assume no one here is interested in this kind of information.


Premier PhreeZone  (D License)
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Jan 6, 2013, 7:14 PM
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The admin team has been on vacation for the last 2 weeks or so, we will get to this one shortly I think.


Premier Meso
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Jan 6, 2013, 10:09 PM
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Just arrived back from Christmas vacation, hence the delay. But the article should now be fixed.


unkulunkulu  (C License)

Jan 6, 2013, 11:33 PM
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ok, peace, will report further then Angelic



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