[maemo-community] How can we keep old links alive?

From: Dave Neary dneary at maemo.org
Date: Tue May 26 22:14:08 EEST 2009

Dead links has become a fairly big problem. In spite of link schemes 
that include release version numbers, we've had a lot of old links now 
end up as 404s. Some examples:

Pages renamed, breaking old links: 

There are a few examples of this.

Old wiki links still referenced:

In the wiki it was expediency that led us to point all the old wiki 
pages to the front page of the new wiki. The ideal would have been to 
put in place redirections to the pages in the new wiki that replaced them.

I'm not sure why the training material links changed.

What's the best way to put in redirects to make the old links work 
properly again? Henri, is this possible/easy in Midgard? Any chance you 
could give me a blow-by-blow on how to do it for 
for example?

In the future, we should be careful about allowing the web to keep its 
memory - people link to docs and pages in blog posts, forum threads, 
mailing lists that are archived... when the links end up as 404s or 
pointing somewhere else, the value of the site & web searches goes down.

Anyone have tips on how to maintain the site over time to reduce the 
risk that this problem gets worse?

Thanks for input!


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