Fix Link Rot - Loads of Broken Links Make Site Less Usable
Many older threads in these forums suffer from link rot. They contain links to other threads in this site that no longer work. Two typical examples are (1) a thread containing a collection of links to DIY How To Walkthroughs and (2) a thread that links to the problem and solution discussed in another thread.
On page, http :// w ww.mazda3forums.com/355-technical-information-faqs-how-tos/300955-diy-how-walkthroughs.html, any link that points to a Mazda3Forums page with a URL formatting such as: http :// w ww.mazda3forums.com/68-2004-2009-exterior-modifications/394778-how-paint-your-valve-cover-right-way.html, works. Whereas, any link that points to a Mazda3Forums page with a URL formatting such as: http :// mazda3forums.com/index.php?topic=3597&, fails.
Side note: I had to add spacing into those links to fool the site into letting me post them since I don't otherwise have enough permission to post links.
At some point, this site changed its URL formatting/structure. When it did, it failed to implement any kind of real fix for the dead links it created in the process. There are tons of them. Simply put, any link created before that URL formatting change and posted to this site that directs to another page on this site is now broken. (See example description above).
Last edited by cdiggs; 09-28-2017 at 04:54 PM.