rjohara - 4:58 am on Feb 3, 2002 (gmt 0)
As content becomes increasingly important, and since it can take months in some cases to be fully spidered, site stability also becomes increasingly important. Tim Berners-Lee's old essay Cool URIs Don't Change [w3.org] is worth re-reading. (It is "old" only in web years.) Jakob Nielsen has some good alertbox columns on this topic as well - try searching his site for "linkrot". I have done fairly well with stability, but am considering dropping file extensions in internal links (.html etc.). I didn't understand servers well enough to know how to do that at first, but I'm starting to pick up some of the basics and can see how to do it while preserving any old pointers that may be offsite.