linkrot


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link rot

The process by which Internet links on a website or search engine lead to a URL that is no longer available. A word of advice to any up-and-coming bloggers or Internet writers in general—don't litter your writing with links to external sources, or your work will become redundant over time as link rot inevitably sets in.
See also: link, rot

linkrot

n. the gradual fading away of URL links in a web page. (The URLs are replaced by newer addresses or simply are deleted.) After a month or two, linkrot sets in and your links become deadends, one by one.
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html), "Even worse, linkrot contributes to dissolving the very fabric of the Web: there is a looming danger that the Web will stop being an interconnected universal hypertext and turn into a set of isolated info-islands.
Is linkrot equivalent to incorrect citations, as columnist Ernest Perez speculates in his TECHTOOLS column?
Take the issue of incorrect citations and linkrot a step further.