to highlight a broken external link. Because the page may be unavailable only temporarily, the link should be checked a number of times before deleting it or looking for a replacement.
If the target page really does seem to have vanished, try using the GoogleCache
or the WaybackMachine
to find the page. You may even be able to use GoogleSearch
to find a replacement link and repair the affected WikiPage
. Sometimes it's not possible. See RescuingBrokenLinks
for an idea to help make it more possible for future editors.
For preference, use BrokenLink
only when you see a link that's broken but can't find a replacement.
You might like to annotate the tag with actions you have tried. Sooner or later, a visitor will use this information and take the appropriate action:
- remove BrokenLink
- replace the link
- remove the link
Click on the title of this page to see a list of BrokenLink
s, and if you can fix some, please do.
If you find one of those old style external links ( , etc.), follow the instructions on FixingLinks
instead of adding BrokenLink
to the page.
Sometimes, only the server a page is on changes. You can search for it by URL
Some broken links are marked with the text 'dead link' or 'broken link', making them kind of hard to search for.
One can use the C2 SearchHelper
to search for 'dead' AND 'link' (or 'broken' AND 'link').
Also, Google searches for http://www.google.com/search?q=site:c2.com+%22dead+link%22+-quickDiff+-wikiSig
can be helpful in that it may help you see the missing content. This may give you useful terms to search on, in order to find other copies of published content.