There's a point to be made there: Libraries in some countries are still
being destroyed (see
and or,
and although there's an effort to save them, it's not an effort we're
really involved with. That's before we even start on how to reflect a
reference to a non-existent book on Wikipedia!

But to get back to the original point, a semi-automated effort might be the
best way (if the slowest) to get these web pages linked properly again.

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On 30 June 2015 at 11:06, Lilburne <> wrote:

> On 30/06/2015 10:58, Ricordisamoa wrote:
>> Il 30/06/2015 11:41, Lilburne ha scritto:
>>> The average lifespan of a webpage is about 77 days. It matters not
>>> whether the site is still running or dead. Webmasters shuffle stuff about
>>> and delete things at will. Click on the random article button and see a)
>>> how many of the first 10 have external links, and b) how many of those
>>> links are still live, or don't redirect to the sites homepage. I reckon at
>>> least 50% of all external links on en.wp are dead. Lesson: the internet is
>>> ephemeral and the only permanent record is on physical material.
>> Yes, if you forget
> Well of course that was some 1700 years ago. You are equating a event of
> millennial proportion with something that happens every day? Get a grip on
> reality.
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