lucy24 - 7:35 am on Dec 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
First, I am still confident that .edu links like that are worth obtaining - they will make me rank.
That was a serious question. Are we talking about the front page of Johns Hopkins Medical School under "useful resources" (I'm making this up)? Or about faculty members' personal pages where the syllabus for Linguistics 237 is all mixed up with photographs from your vacation, the latest draft of your CV, an article you're kinda pleased with and, oh yes, here are some web sites I liked in 2004 but I haven't bothered to check the links since then.
Wholly irrelevant aside: You know what enrages me? When I find a bad link on an informational site, and get ready to write the webmaster, and then decide I might as well check the rest of the links on the page because the alternative is to clean the bathroom, which is long overdue for it so I check every single one, and find the updated location for some of the dead links, and compile it all into a phenomenally useful email...
And get no response whatsoever. Not even a curt "Thank you". (Meaning "Oh, ###, I'd forgotten I even had that page, I'm not expected to maintain it am I?")