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== What are Links pages? ==
 
== What are Links pages? ==
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Links pages list useful websites on a topic, divided into a variety of categories of types of information.  They are guides to the best of the Web about a topic.
  
 
== Purpose ==
 
== Purpose ==
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It is useful to have relevant and trustworthy links on a specific topic gathered in one place.  Particularly if the links are vetted by experts, this achieves something that search engines cannot: 100% relevance and superlative reliability.
  
 
== Heading and format standards ==
 
== Heading and format standards ==
  
 
== Guidelines for editing ==
 
== Guidelines for editing ==
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You may not add links to websites you own, manage, or are otherwise closely associated with.  See [[CZ:Policy on Self-Promotion|Policy on Self-Promotion]].
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''If you are a programmer,'' then consider writing a "bot" that will check our links.  Basically, it should check the links on each Citizendium Links page on a monthly basis (but not all at once).  If a link is unreachable, then it should be commented out (not deleted), and the Links page added to [[:Category:Link Check]].
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After this bot is written and running, then we should do three things as needed:
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# double-check to make sure the commented-out links are no longer working; note that they might simply have been moved to a different URL; often, you should look at the root URL (for example, http://en.citizendium.org instead of http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/CZ:Links) and see if you can locate the page from there, using Google's "Search Current Site" feature
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# delete the links that really have disappeared, or if they have moved, change the links (and remove the comment-out code)
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# remove [[:Category:Link Check]]
  
 
Back to [[CZ:Subpage Pilot|Subpage Pilot]]
 
Back to [[CZ:Subpage Pilot|Subpage Pilot]]

Revision as of 07:31, 24 July 2007

What are Links pages?

Links pages list useful websites on a topic, divided into a variety of categories of types of information. They are guides to the best of the Web about a topic.

Purpose

It is useful to have relevant and trustworthy links on a specific topic gathered in one place. Particularly if the links are vetted by experts, this achieves something that search engines cannot: 100% relevance and superlative reliability.

Heading and format standards

Guidelines for editing

You may not add links to websites you own, manage, or are otherwise closely associated with. See Policy on Self-Promotion.

If you are a programmer, then consider writing a "bot" that will check our links. Basically, it should check the links on each Citizendium Links page on a monthly basis (but not all at once). If a link is unreachable, then it should be commented out (not deleted), and the Links page added to Category:Link Check.

After this bot is written and running, then we should do three things as needed:

  1. double-check to make sure the commented-out links are no longer working; note that they might simply have been moved to a different URL; often, you should look at the root URL (for example, http://en.citizendium.org instead of http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/CZ:Links) and see if you can locate the page from there, using Google's "Search Current Site" feature
  2. delete the links that really have disappeared, or if they have moved, change the links (and remove the comment-out code)
  3. remove Category:Link Check

Back to Subpage Pilot