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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 Keeps the errors down when someone follows an outdated link.Wink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




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.




unkulunkulu  (C License)

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



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