Link Checks

Posted: April 27th, 2017 under Uncategorized.

Computers never cease to amaze me, not always in good ways.  This morning I found a comment on an old post in this blog (so old, that comments to it won’t be posted)  and pulled up the post to check its original date.  It was on horsemanship with respect to fighting on horseback.  While reading back through it, I checked the links…one of which led not to a slow-motion video of a horse doing a flying a change of leads, but to a steamy sex site.  OOPS.  That link has been removed.  I checked the other links.  One was dead as concrete, so I hunted up another example of what needed to be shown, just in case anyone else stumbled across that post.

You’ve heard the saying, that nothing ever on the Internet really disappears…your worst errors can always be pulled up to haunt you…but clearly links can turn into links to somewhere else, or just go 404-page-not-found on you.

If any of you find bad links, defined as “not showing what I intended the link to show” please let me know so I can remove or replace them.


  • Comment by Wickersham's Conscience — April 27, 2017 @ 11:19 am


    It’s true that nothing ever disappears from the Internet but it does move around. A lot. I have 8 years of daily blog posts, almost all with external links. I’ve had to give up trying to keep them current. If a reader reports one, I either try to fix it or remove the link.

    Keep in mind a 404 error is the second best possible result.

  • Comment by Butterwaffle — April 28, 2017 @ 5:15 am


    Yes, it’s frustrating when content disappears. You might try the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine ( ) to see if it kept a copy of the web pages. However, I don’t think it archives large media files like movie clips.

  • Comment by elizabeth — April 28, 2017 @ 6:26 am


    These links were to video clips showing specific dressage movements. But they weren’t all on YouTube (the YouTube ones are still there) so I replaced the “lost” one and then simply deleted the one that had been replaced with something very different.

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