joined:Mar 10, 2006
The outbound links on my sites are as valuable to visitors as the onsite content. At least, I like to think so.
So when I found that a recent site appears to have gone offline (possibly over a year ago, I am ashamed to say), I considered linking to the last indexed version of it at archive.org
But then I stopped and thought I'd see what you wonderful people here thought about it.
The site appears to be fairly well archived at the site, but I'm wondering if there are any downsides to linking to this. For example if the site was taken offline by the owner, then it may be that they simply don't want anyone to see its content anymore. Sure, they could have disallowed the IA spider and the content is far from controversial, but who are we to assume?
Any thoughts about this or any other aspect?