There's a point to be made there: Libraries in some countries are still being destroyed (see http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jan/28/mali-timbuktu-library-ancient-manuscripts and http://elaph.com/Web/Culture/2015/2/985403.html or https://finance.yahoo.com/news/isis-burns-8000-rare-books-030900856.html), 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. Richard Symonds Wikimedia UK 0207 065 0992 Wikimedia UK is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 6741827. Registered Charity No.1144513. Registered Office 4th Floor, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT. United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia movement. The Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects). *Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal control over Wikipedia nor responsibility for its contents.* On 30 June 2015 at 11:06, Lilburne <lilbu...@tygers-of-wrath.net> 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 >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destruction_of_the_Library_of_Alexandria. >> > > 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. > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>