Please see these two questions:-

Clean up on aisle [Dive into Python] 3?

Let Me Flag That For You - URL Shortener Cleanup

I'm going to have some spare time over the next couple of weeks and can trawl through these, but I need some advice.


  • Any URL inside code tags will be left untouched.
  • Any URL in comments will be left untouched and unflagged.
  • Any URL leading to an LMGTFY will be left but flagged.
  • Any other URL will be followed, checked for life, and linked inline in the question / answer; the shortened URL will be gone.
  • Any short URL leading to EvilSite will be left and flagged

Does that sound reasonable? Anything wrong or bad in that list? Anything missed?

What do I do about short URLs leading to dead sites?


I have no idea which DiveInto version to link to. Sometimes it's obvious (if it's about 2.4 then I don't link to Python3.)

So, should I just include links to both? (DiveIntoPython/DiveIntoPython3)?

  • Major props to you for helping out here! Everything under the URL Shortners heading sounds reasonable to me. – The Unhandled Exception Oct 28 '11 at 20:56
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    "I have no idea which DiveInto version to link to." If you can't figure it out just link to whatever one the old link pointed to. The old link might not work, but you can still see where it went. – John Oct 29 '11 at 3:17
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    Waves magic HedgeMage wand of cleanup-blessing Go for it... the described changes will absolutely make the site better for everyone. I second the recommendation from @John to use the version previously linked to as a guide to what you should link to at the new locations. – HedgeMage Nov 1 '11 at 16:15

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