[rfc-i] Can the web be archived?

Dave Thaler dthaler at microsoft.com
Wed Jan 21 20:17:52 PST 2015

Although it shouldn’t affect the authoring side in my view…
On the consuming side, when I find such stale links, I find the Internet
archive wayback machine (archive.org) very useful.


From: rfc-interest [mailto:rfc-interest-bounces at rfc-editor.org] On Behalf Of Eliot Lear
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Subject: [rfc-i] Can the web be archived?

The New Yorker reports[1] about how links go stale on the web, and how this is impacting journals and the like.  I thought it might be interesting to this lot in terms of how and when we cite URLs.  You'll note, I'm only posting a URL about the article, but in a spate of cruelty, the New Yorker article doesn't have a to the study they quote, and so I can't claim to be posting about a URL to a URL ;-)

Here's the relevant quote:

But a 2013 survey of law- and policy-related publications found that, at the end of six years, nearly fifty per cent of the URLs cited in those publications no longer worked. According to a 2014 study conducted at Harvard Law School, “more than 70% of the URLs within the Harvard Law Review and other journals, and 50% of the URLs within United States Supreme Court opinions, do not link to the originally cited information.”


[1] http://www.newyorker.com/?p=2960285&mbid=social_tablet_f

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