Epitomizing the indubitably ephemeral nature of the conceptual link

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2008/10/20 10:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2008/10/20/9006767.aspx

It was last last week when colleague, comrade, and regular reader Jonas Barklund sent me some mail:

Subject: All links on page http://blogs.msdn.com/michkap/archive/2006/05/30/610605.aspx appear dead

A victim of one of MSDN’s total reshuffles?

Well I suppose that could be the reason why all of the links in Its a whole new way to look at MUI, which I admit I listed out mainly for dramatic effect so you could see that the page I was trying to get people to look at had some intrinsic value, suddenly don't seem to work, even though the main MUI node is still there and all of the topics still seem to be somewhere. Just not in the exact same place for most of them.

None of the links on the page had special value for me, though any one of them could have special value for some reader.

Which in my mind make the fact that so many things were moved a bad thing -- anyone who went to one of those links and saved it since they linked it will have the same problem.

Perhaps next time or just in the future I'll have to be more careful about links to conceptual topics; their half life seems to be considerably shorter than those of the function topics....

Sorry about that, everyone!


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John Cowan on 21 Oct 2008 12:27 PM:

Cool URIs don't change.

jmdesp on 21 Oct 2008 6:08 PM:

Yes, and as Tim said also : "the only good reason for a document to disappear from the Web is that the company which owned the domain name went out of business or can no longer afford to keep the server running."

Microsoft needs to learn better ! Constantly changing the MSDN url is just ludicrous.

Why the hell, why *you* the /manager/ people at Microsoft behind this non-sense *spend* so much money in order to have great documentation and then do your best so that people can't access it !? I know money is the only thing that counts for you, and I tell you you are wasting it by doing that.

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