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Did a quick search for similar, sorry if I duped.

Feature suggest for any SE site:

  • run a cron task...
  • that checks all posted links for dead-ness...
  • using methods suggested here or elsewhere
  • if link is dead strike it out or similar
  • (optional) notify poster of link
  • (optional) if post/comment containing the dead link has 50% link chars (i.e. the post/comment is mostly the link), the flag for deletion
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+1, but let's called it "dead link hunter" - giving a badge for being a hunter implies that you have plenty of kills... – Adam Rackis Sep 7 '12 at 15:22
I believe waffles was working on a built-in tool for this shortly before he left... pretty sure there was a Meta post somewhere... looking.... – Pops Sep 7 '12 at 15:27
@PopularDemand Does Stack Exchange crawl websites? – Tim Stone Sep 7 '12 at 15:28
Waffles left??? Sorry to hear that. – Adam Rackis Sep 7 '12 at 15:29
@PopularDemand I remember that too. It creates comments like this one – jadarnel27 Sep 7 '12 at 15:30
I haven't heard anything about the bot being deactivated, so I'd assume this is already taken care of...there's just no longer a /review route for posts that get comments. – Tim Stone Sep 7 '12 at 15:30
@AdamRackis He's off to new adventures (relevant blog post) – Tim Stone Sep 7 '12 at 15:31
@AdamRackis well, he claims to have moved on, but... his profile says "seen 1 hour ago." – Pops Sep 7 '12 at 15:52
@Popular Demand: He has left the company, but not the community :) – BoltClock's a Unicorn Sep 7 '12 at 16:55
Suuuuuuure, @BoltClock'saUnicorn. You know he's still logging in when he thinks nobody's checking the logs, submitting little patches here and there.... – Pops Sep 7 '12 at 16:59
A good feature for such a tool would be to check to see if there is archived content available there & replace the link with one to the archived content (perhaps with an appropriate flag). But what about dead links that come back to life? How ever a dead link is handled it ought to be checked for resurrection. – yosh m Feb 13 '13 at 11:00
IMHO should be implemented the way users mark the link as dead. After a number of such reports the author of the answer gets a notification with a request to update the link or find an alternative location. If no change for a certain period of time -> strike the link through – JSmyth Feb 17 '13 at 12:31

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