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URL Redirection and ODP Listings

Would rather see the 'real' URL

     
12:10 am on Aug 16, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Reading [webmasterworld.com...] about site closures made me want to post this. Many folks use redirect services like cjb.net to point to sites which have gone down. Robozilla doesn't catch these problem listings (I think), so they _must_ be checked by hand. This is a form of link rot which will never be caught unless someone looks for it, and of course some sites never get checked because Robozilla never flags them for checking.

Do the ODP a service and, assuming you have a choice, submit a site using the 'real' URL. Updating a site's address is easy if it gets some new home.

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1:49 pm on Aug 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Kieth makes an important point for more than one reason.

A submitter wants to be careful not to give the false impression that they are spamming the directory. If an inquisitive editor does a cursory check of the submitted URL only to find that it takes them to another domain, they may incorrectly assume that the submitter has ulterior motives, or, that they are attempting to inappropriately gain multiple listings for an individual site.

The opinion of many editors is that the reinvestigation and headaches that are required to claify what is actually going on can be more trouble than they are worth. That would be a bad thing.