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Site Update -- Broken Link Report

  1. pauldeeds profile image
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    pauldeedsposted 8 years ago

    We just made a small update to the site.  The biggest change is the addition of the broken link report.  It will show you broken links in your text and link capsules.

    We'll be trying to test all links about once a week, and re-test broken links every 24 hours or so.  A link could be broken when we test it but then back up and working later, so you shouldn't rely only on our testing; consider it advisory, and be sure to retest the link yourself.

    As usual, let us know if you see anything unusual (with the link report, or elsewhere).

    Thanks!

  2. waynet profile image48
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Cheers for this, this is some good stuff to know, so we can fix those broken links!!

  3. Misha profile image74
    Mishaposted 8 years ago

    Thanks Paul, it's a nice feature smile

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    cvaughn570posted 8 years ago

    I really like this feature as I had a couple of broken links that I did not know about.
    Thanks Paul!

  5. Dottie1 profile image81
    Dottie1posted 8 years ago

    Wouldn't have known about the broken link. Thanks Paul.  I really like this new feature.

  6. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    It's showing Hubpage URL trackers as broken links.

    1. larryfreeman profile image84
      larryfreemanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Darkside,

      Thanks very much for reporting this.  I am the engineer who wrote the Broken Links feature.

      I checked it out and you are correct, the broken link checker is not working correctly with  hubpage urls that have anchors (the '#' sign as part of the url)

      I should have the fix out soon.

      Cheers,

      -Larry

      1. darkside profile image80
        darksideposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Larry, you rock.

  7. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    And also other anchor links, eg: http://www.philosophypages.com/dy/e5.htm#empe

    EDIT: Just saw your post.

  8. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    Extremely cool feature, guys!

  9. SunSeven profile image63
    SunSevenposted 8 years ago

    This new feature can help me a lot smile
    Thank you hub team

    Edit: Does it also show the non-functioning video(capsules) links too? It will be great to have this included

    1. pauldeeds profile image
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      pauldeedsposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Not yet, but that is in the works.

    2. weblog profile image59
      weblogposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Nice Feature.



      Yes, it will be great if done smile

    3. larryfreeman profile image84
      larryfreemanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      We do not yet check non-functioning video(capsule) links.  We are planning to add that feature soon.

      -Larry

      1. Dottie1 profile image81
        Dottie1posted 8 years ago in reply to this

        That would be a great addition.  Many videos links on hubs I've wanted to view were broken.

  10. SunSeven profile image63
    SunSevenposted 8 years ago

    Thanks Paul. smile

  11. Marian Swift profile image62
    Marian Swiftposted 8 years ago

    Way cool tool.  Had a couple of bad links where I least expected them.  Many thanks, team!

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    Custodian Joeposted 8 years ago

    Hi Paul.  Please forgive me, all of this is very new to me. What is a broken link and is this a problem I have on my hub page? How do I find it and how do I fix it.  I started writing about three years ago and a friend told me about hub pages and suggested I post some of my work. That's about where I am now. Do I understand the rest of this? No!  Am I a quick study? Again I'm sorry,   Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    1. DJ Funktual profile image86
      DJ Funktualposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Is anyone goinna answer this guy?

      1. Dottie1 profile image81
        Dottie1posted 8 years ago in reply to this

        Custodian Joe, Go to your account page and on the right hand side scroll down to "Broken Links" and click on.  It will bring you to the Broken Links Report.  If it says "no bad links found at this time" you have nothing to worry about.  If you do have a broken link that will show up on this report and you would click on and fix the link or replace it with another which was the case for me since the original link was no longer active.  Hope this helps.

        1. terenceyap07 profile image61
          terenceyap07posted 8 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks for the advice, Dottie.

          *smiles*

      2. topstuff profile image61
        topstuffposted 8 years ago in reply to this

        And what you did.

  13. spuds profile image21
    spudsposted 8 years ago

    Nice development.

  14. funride profile image79
    funrideposted 8 years ago

    Great feature! I already fixed some broken links on my older hubs, thanks wink.

  15. compu-smart profile image79
    compu-smartposted 8 years ago

    Sweet!! I love it and have fixed about half a dozen broken links!!


    Thanks HPs:)

  16. Sally's Trove profile image99
    Sally's Troveposted 8 years ago

    Very nice feature!  Thank you, HP and Larry.

  17. Princessa profile image85
    Princessaposted 8 years ago

    Thanks, very useful feature.  I've already fixed a couple of broken links, that I might have never known about otherwise!

  18. darkside profile image80
    darksideposted 8 years ago

    I just want to say again, this is a FANTASTIC feature. It's picking up on a few of my own mistakes but also dead links at other sites.

  19. topstuff profile image61
    topstuffposted 8 years ago

    My
    Broken Links Report says
    No bad links found at this time.

  20. shawna.wilson profile image90
    shawna.wilsonposted 8 years ago

    This is great.  It would be hard to keep up on all my links without this feature.  Thanks!

  21. SunSeven profile image63
    SunSevenposted 8 years ago

    I find it not so perfect at this time. Sometimes the warning message is displayed even when there are no broken links in the hubs.

    1. larryfreeman profile image84
      larryfreemanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hi SunSeven,

      Thanks for letting me know.  Since this is the first version of the tool, it is not perfect.  If you let me know which url links are incorrectly getting the warnnings, I'll take a look and investigate.

      Cheers,

      -Larry

  22. guidebaba profile image60
    guidebabaposted 8 years ago

    Same comment as SunSeven. @roll#

    1. larryfreeman profile image84
      larryfreemanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Guidebaba,

      Thanks very much for letting me know.  If you tell which urls are being incorrectly reported as broken links, I'll take a look to see what's up.

      Cheers,

      -Larry

  23. DarleneMarie profile image60
    DarleneMarieposted 8 years ago

    I am a newbie to HubPages; however, I do see where this would be a godsend and time saver for people that have quite a few Hubs.

    Thanks in advance for my future here at HubPages smile

  24. William F. Torpey profile image83
    William F. Torpeyposted 8 years ago

    Thank you, HubPages, for another great feature. I had three broken links that I've now fixed. Personally, I hate to disappoint people who come to my hubs only to find something amiss. I know it bothers me when a link doesn't work, so I'm pleased to be assured that mine are in proper working order. I worry about my videos working, but it is very time consuming to check through hubs to find out whether the they work or not. It'll be another great step forward for HubPages when broken video links are reported. Thanks, again.

  25. Lady Guinevere profile image61
    Lady Guinevereposted 8 years ago

    I have a broken link and fixed it three times and here it is again and it still hasn't saved the new site:
    The Importance Of Spaying and Neutering Your Animal Companion
    http://www.alleycat.org/index.html
    Error: 404 Not Found   checked 5 hours ago

    I had two broken links and the first one saved and changed the link successfully.  Just this second one didn't save or change the link.  Should I delete the link and re-enter it with the new link?

    1. larryfreeman profile image84
      larryfreemanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Lady Guinevere,

      It sounds like deleting the link and then re-entering the new link should do the trick.

      Please let me know if you continue to have the problem.

      -Larry

  26. Peter M. Lopez profile image91
    Peter M. Lopezposted 8 years ago

    I've been out of the loop for a while, but this feature is great.  Love it.  Great work.

  27. SunSeven profile image63
    SunSevenposted 8 years ago

    Thank you Larry. Now there seems to be a change. It says "A potentially broken link has been detected in this hub. It is highlighted in yellow below. You can correct the link by editing the containing capsule." But there is no highlighted link anywhere!

  28. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    Larry,

    I sent in a bug report about getting reports of broken links that then don't show on the actual hub when you go look too and Maddie got back to me, but the situation keeps happening.  Out of a little over 100 hubs, I see it two to three times a day, most often a different hub each time.  What I keep seeing is this weird "it's broken but then not there" syndrome seems to be related specifically to RSS capsules.  And not only that, the link that's often reported as broken can then not be found on the hub when you go look for it, the RSS feed will actually be showing other links.

    And if I hit edit and then just save the hub without actually doing anything, if I go re-run the broken link report, nothing's there.  It's like the hubs are crying wolf for no actual reason.

    Hope that helps you track down the bug.

    1. larryfreeman profile image84
      larryfreemanposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Relache,

      Thanks very much for the detailed report.  :-)  I should be able to take a look at the issue later this week.

      Cheers,

      -Larry

  29. pauldeeds profile image
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    pauldeedsposted 8 years ago

    That helps Relache, I think we know what is going on.   At present we only update the list of links on an article when it is edited, and periodically there after (but not often enough to keep up to date with quickly changing RSS feeds).  We're working on a solution, but it may be a little while.  Essentially, we need to recognize each time an RSS feed updates and recalculate the links for "bad links" purposes ...

  30. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 8 years ago

    Paul & Larry,

    Glad the more detailed info was useful.  It took a few days of watching to see a pattern starting to happen.  Of course, now I'm watching to see if the bug doesn't follow that pattern ever.

    Thank for chasing this down.  I'm sure it won't be too long before it's fixed.

  31. Sally's Trove profile image99
    Sally's Troveposted 8 years ago

    It's been a while since you introduced the broken links report.  And I just want to tell you how pleased I am with it.  You've reported three broken links on my Hubs over the last few months, I've corrected each of them, and I'm very happy that I don't have to scout out my own Hubs one by one to test the links.  This is a great feature.  Bravo to you all!

  32. William F. Torpey profile image83
    William F. Torpeyposted 8 years ago

    Please add my thanks to those of Sally's Trove. Broken links are distressing to me and, more importantly, to anyone who reads my scribbles.

    1. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image73
      JYOTI KOTHARIposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Sure?

  33. compu-smart profile image79
    compu-smartposted 8 years ago

    I could do with this "broken link" feature at my blogger  blog!

  34. William F. Torpey profile image83
    William F. Torpeyposted 8 years ago

    Sure.

  35. Dame Scribe profile image60
    Dame Scribeposted 8 years ago

    I noticed the changes and just get tickled with them. It's a nice feeling to have somebody looking out for us, smile thank you!

  36. hsofyan profile image60
    hsofyanposted 8 years ago

    Thank you Paul. I will give you the info if there is a strange. Also try to do the test themselves. Regards smile

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