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Broken Links suck - I have an idea to fix it.
Sick and tired of broken links? I thought Links 2.0 resolved this problem by checking links, but the ones it said didn't work, actually did. And ones that it never mention were actually broken (ahhhh!). So my and yours still contain mega broken links.

The fix?

A cgi-program that works with Links 2.0 jump program.

The idea:

Link checker: First a person clicks on a link via a Links 2.0 site. A page with an ad and a place to fill in their e-mail address comes up. A user is asked to submit their e-mail address prior to going to a link. Once a user supply us with a valid e-mail address they can continue and won't be bother by e-mail/ad page again. Note: They will still be allowed to go to a link if they don't enter their e-mail address by hitting "not interested.". But they will be reminded that they can avoid seeing that page (with e-mail and ad) if they give us an e-mail address. A cookie can be used to verify if the have submitted their e-mail address.

Once they do give e-mail address a verifying page will pop up. Verifying page is also after they are done seeing the ad and e-mail info (some users may not want to collect e-mail address and place ads, so the program should have an option to do both).

Verifying page (the program somehow pings or "checks" the url to see if it is valid. In case of frames it checks all frames to ensure they are valid). If an images or anything is broken then it tells the user prior to going to the link. The speed of this checks is essential. Ultimately I would like for it to check every image/video on the page. But if that takes to long, I think just ensuring the page is there is good enough.

The results of this program would be:

1. More e-mail addresses.
2. More revenue
3. More credibility cause we eliminated broken links.

A further as on could be to e-mail the admin in the even a dead link is found (I think there should be a certain number of trys before an e-mail is sent). Some sites do go down for mysterious reasons. But definitely no longer than 7 days.

If anyone is interested in working on this I can help with ideas.

I think this would be a great asset to all of us! What do you guys think?

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Thread Broken Links suck - I have an idea to fix it. nathanwright 2516 Nov 8, 1999, 10:58 AM
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widgetz 2421 Nov 8, 1999, 12:20 PM
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Eliot 2413 Nov 8, 1999, 12:22 PM
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widgetz 2415 Nov 8, 1999, 2:25 PM
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nathanwright 2420 Nov 8, 1999, 2:30 PM
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widgetz 2413 Nov 8, 1999, 2:42 PM
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nathanwright 2448 Nov 8, 1999, 3:07 PM
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widgetz 2430 Nov 8, 1999, 5:28 PM
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widgetz 2423 Nov 8, 1999, 5:33 PM
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nathanwright 2431 Nov 8, 1999, 5:51 PM