Questions tagged [broken-link]

For discussing the effects of broken links within posts and comments across the network, what to do with them, and how we can prevent them from becoming broken.

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Does the bulk replacement tool also check if the new link is working?

Sometimes (on the request of the local community), the CMs mass replace some dead links by new ones. See, for example, this post (and Shog9's answer): How to find and/or change a set of hyperlinks on ...
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Can I update a link in a post by another person if both old and new links were written by me?

A page I wrote on a website I used to run has been edited in a way that makes it less useful. I have a new website with a better version of this information. If someone on Stack Exchange has linked to ...
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Can the mass-replacement tool also replace and remove?

Stack Exchange staff has a tool which can change a bunch of links without bumping the edited posts, see here: How to find and/or change a set of hyperlinks on a site? In the situation that I've seen ...
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Links to HTML versions of RFC's need to move from "tools" to "datatracker"

A helpful user notified me that ~8 links in one of my answers on Cryptography were broken. I quickly found out that the problem is that the HTML version of RFC's have moved. The original HTML versions ...
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Dead link in the 'create chat room' page

The 'create a new chat room' page has a dead link. There is a link to 'the help center', trying to go to https://stackexchange.com/help/licensing, but that link doesn't go anywhere anymore. I was ...
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Characterizing broken external links on Stack Overflow

I extract all external links in the text blocks in Stack Overflow posts and comments. 14.2% of the links on Stack Overflow are broken links. Posts with broken links receive fewer votes after the links ...
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Link to Reddit is broken in the Help Center article on harassment

The Help Center article How do I report harassment? contains the following footer: Thanks to Twitter and Reddit, whose articles on harassment were helpful in creating some of the phrasing on this one....
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In Ask Patents, the link to "more site stats on Area 51" is broken [closed]

Ask Patents SE is a Beta site that skipped the Area 51 development phase completely, according to Which Stack Exchange sites weren't proposed in Area 51?. However, the sidebar showing the site stats ...
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Link in the question status block leads to the wrong site

In the questions on enSO there is a block (shown only to users with an Accept-Language header for a given language), which suggests one to find an answer on a localized site. I see this block in ...
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What causes "http://%20https://" links to be made?

See the revision history here on a post from 2016. There is this edit by our resident hero Glorfindel: The edit fixed this link, made up of a URL but with two schemes and %20 between them (a URL ...
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Can someone fix the broken links in this historically-locked question?

This contains some broken links: Changes to syntax highlighting But it can not changed, because it is locked. Can someone fix this?
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Is there a preferred method/format for replacing broken links with links to archived copies?

Is there a preferred method/format for replacing broken links with links to archived copies. I was viewing this question: Get id of div from its class name and found this answer: https://...
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What should I do when I notice posts with images hosted on suspicious non-Imgur domains?

The two main issues with posts containing images hosted on non-http://stack.imgur.com/ domains are: Link rot. Potential spam — in case the hoster replaces the images with advertisements. There are ...
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How do I deal with questions with broken links which are still valid questions?

I found this question: Do contemporary singers sound “wrong” without a microphone?, and it contains a dead link. The YouTube video is taken down. How do I deal with it? Note, the question makes ...
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Tag links in network search page go to stackexchange.com rather than the searched-for site [duplicate]

I recently discovered that the top bar on stackexchange.com searches the entire network. For instance, if you search for "shoes", you can find all the questions on the network about shoes: But if you ...
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Broken or wrong links in Security Hall of Fame

The Security Hall of Fame contains two problematic links: The link to jeremy.ca points back to Stack Overflow. The link to Russel Van Laurio facebook profile leads to 404 Page Not Found error ...
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URL redirection for promos link throws "The resource cannot be found" page

In some of the posts, the link for the promotion page is pointing to https://stackexchange.com/promos. This was obsolete and it automatically redirect to https://contests.stackoverflow.com/promos, but ...
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Site not found page with broken links

When I try to access the page http://elections.stackexchange.com, it redirects to Site not found page. There I can see two broken links. In the right hand side top, Blogs points to https://...
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User link in HNQ list on StackExchange.com breaks when user is deleted

It doesn't happen that often, but when a question by a deleted user becomes a Hot Network Question, the link to the user on the Hot Questions page on StackExchange.com breaks: From the URL itself, ...
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The link to "Acceptable Use Policy" on public terms of service is broken

In section 5, User Obligations, of /legal/terms-of-service/public, there is a link to the "Acceptable Use Policy" that points to legal/content-policy. Right now, this is a broken link. The actual ...
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Should we fix postimg.org links to postimg.cc?

For some reason, I can't access https://postimg.org anymore. For instance, on Stack Overflow, we have 6,605 posts with broken images on postimg.org. But I noticed that the mirror https://postimg.cc ...
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Broken "Edit email settings" link on the footer of Stack Overflow emails

At footer of emails that I receive from Stack Overflow, there is a "Edit email settings" link that suppose to take me to edit email settings page. But it results in a custom 404 page. URL of link: ...
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Broken link in stackexchange.com About Us page (no more team) [closed]

In the About Us page, there is link titled "Meet our Team": However, Stack Overflow no longer expose their list of employees (reason is clear and out of scope here), so the link is essentially ...
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Fix links to moved sandbox posts and comments

Today I noticed that all answers from Sandbox were moved to archive again. I don’t know the actual reason why they were moved, but some of my bug reports have links to sandbox’s posts/comments, and ...
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Profile link not working for Area51 users in chat [duplicate]

I recently tried to visit a person's profile from chat room. I clicked the link to his profile(points to area51) and the link is dead. The link points to discuss.area51.stackexchange.com and the ...
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Automatically detect broken links in old posts and add them to the review queue

Some questions and answers on Stack Exchange have broken links. And sometimes those are important links in accepted or most upvoted answers. However unless someone leaves a comment about the broken ...
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Broken link URL for badge

I was reading this post and found lots of broken links, for example the URL https://meta.stackoverflow.com/help/badges/54/electorate seems to be about the gold Electorate badge, but try it; it goes to:...
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Help us fix broken images!

This is a request for help for fixing the broken images when switching to HTTPS soon (originated from Roadmap to HTTPS: serving and uploading HTTPS-images only). There is a Crowd Crafting project set ...
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Are Images from i.stack.imgur.com permanent? AKA "Why are my pictures gone?" [duplicate]

I got pinged with this comment: There aren't any images. Upon closer inspection, I realized that not only are my answer's images gone, but the other answer also. This got me looking and I found ...
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"Privileges" / "badges" links in achievements dropdown only appear in chat

I just noticed these very handy links on my achievements dropdown: Yay! I thought. This looks really useful! It's always a pain to get to the privileges page by going via the help centre. Only ...
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OpenSTV on election page - unavailable anymore

On election page there is a block containing a short description of the process and it has "OpenSTV" mentioned: However the link to OpenSTV (http://www.openstv.org) from that block brings you to the ...
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Fix broken /review-beta/ links

Our review system is... no longer in beta. Yet I still find review links (mostly here on Meta) that use /review-beta/. If I didn't look at the URL for everything, I probably wouldn't notice that I ...
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Broken Links (Badges) in Stack Exchange Tour

Clicking on the badges (Student, Editor, Good Answer, Civic Duty, Famous Question) in the Stack Exchange Tour leads to a 404 page:
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Documentation beta broken link to Area 51 [closed]

The Documentation beta states: Warning: this site is currently in private beta for at least a few more days. To log in, you must have commited to the Area 51 site proposal and received the invitation ...
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StackOverflow logo broken download link

I would like to download the StackOverflow logo in a vector file format. I found a download link for the logo in the EPS format at https://stackoverflow.com/company/logos, but it is 404'ing. As a ...
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"Stack Exchange Moderator Elections Begin" blog post has broken links

The blog post Stack Exchange Moderator Elections Begin has two broken links: The "over 60 days" link: It points to https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/09/our-first-area-51-site-goes-public/...
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Finding answers with specific links [duplicate]

I have (probably) a large number of posts on SO with links to my specific domain (to provide expanded information beyond what's put in the answers). If I were to switch to a different domain (say, ...
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Broken link to our advice on writing great tag wikis [duplicate]

When editing a tag wiki on any site (for example here), the following link is shown: See our advice on writing great tag wikis. It leads to https://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/03/redesigned-tags-...
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Broken link on SO Careers support page [duplicate]

Go to SO Careers 'Support' page: https://careers.stackoverflow.com/support Then, click on the 'How to Write a Great Developer Job Listing' link under the 'More Information' section. The link currently ...
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File-sharing service links like Dropbox and Google Drive contribute to link rot

I'm a little surprised that this hasn't been requested already, as far as I could tell. I've recently encountered 3 users who used Google Drive links to share images in their questions, rather than ...
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Broken link on 'A Culture of Trust' blog post

The latest blog post entry titled 'A Culture of Trust' by author Arie Litovsky contains a broken link in the para that says: Having spent a year and a half on the mobile team, I recently decided to ...
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Following meta link from question on closed site → Error 404

As a user on Academia, I can follow the link to the original questions migrated from the failed Open Science site, such as this question. From there, I can click through to the main Open Science page,...
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Help Us improve the site - broken link - old blog post [duplicate]

Broken Link on the Review page on Stack Overflow Steps to reproduce: go to Stack Overflow click the review link on the top find the yellow banner on the right click the link 'you' (pointing to ...
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Broken blog link on pages with lists of moderators [duplicate]

The page https://anime.stackexchange.com/users?tab=moderators has a link like this: democratic moderator elections. which doesn't seem to exist anymore. This is the same on other sites' user pages for ...
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Broken image link on the new Stack Exchange blog

Before I jump on to the problem, let me first congratulate Jon Chan and his team for the newly re-designed Stack Exchange blog. I like it very much, great job! While searching on Google, I stumbled ...
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Broken link to area51 page

The sidebar on the right at https://rus.stackexchange.com/ links to an Area51 page at http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/lookup/rus.stackexchange.com. Regrettably, that page returns an Error ...
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Amazon links to item listings and promotions become broken in posts

In this question (specifically this revision), there's a (working) link to http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Home-Improvement-Automation-Controllers/zgbs/hi/6478740011 which is replaced with http:/...
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Avoiding link-rot, permanently

Since 2013, Perma.cc has been providing researchers and law first firms the ability to provide URLs to online content that is archived permanently; somewhat similar to The Internet Archive, but on an ...
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URL is not linked properly

From this question on Wordpress SE, you can see that the URL is not linked properly: But when I click edit, there is nothing wrong with it:
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References and content behind a paywall

A question was brought up on a private beta that I am involved with on how to handle links to information that is behind a paywall (Link to image of thread). This is important for some sites as the ...
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