What are the best practices for updating dead links to valid ones?

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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing Engineer
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a dead link can only be updated by the owner of the page, respectively by someone that can update the page.
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes


There are no tools or ways to look to see if there are similar or archived pages that still have decent information?
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no it is strictly a manual process
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If you identified dead links and its correct link, you can use fnr.exe or notepad++.exe to replace all bad links in all files at once
Software Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes
I learned something very cool today from Lucas Bishop, my coworker.

This Solution has a link that is dead.

Lucas showed me there is a website that takes snapshots of sites that have basically archived information.  In this case, I went to http://web.archive.org/web/ and searched the URL  http://www.mcse.ms/message486587.html and got this http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.mcse.ms/message486587.html

I clicked the August 20th, 2009 snapshot.  eg http://web.archive.org/web/20090820201249/http://www.mcse.ms/message486587.html

Obviously, this produced nothing but a blank page.

So, I asked him: "What should we do in an instance where we do find a version of the snapshot still intact?"  
He said use the link of that snapshot provided by web.archive.org and replace the dead link (in that solution) with the archived snapshot.

Viola!  This is what I was looking for!

Thanks everyone for your comments.
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes


Thanks everyone.

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