How "badly" is it counted against you to leave a broken link?

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  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
    DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years ago

    I just found a brand-new broken link warning on one of my older hubs.

    It is a poem, and it was published BEFORE all the changes that made extra white-space formatting a problem  (discussed in a different forum post).

    If I go in to remove the bad link, all my formatting will be lost to the new system.

    Can I just ignore the broken link, then?

  2. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 11 years ago

    I don't think the big 'G' likes broken links either hmm might lose 'crawling' and indexing priviliges? yikes just close it as a hyperlink wink

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That's what I mean--if I go into edit mode to "lose" the hyperlink, I'll also lose all my careful formatting.

      It's ONE link on an old much "G" damage can it really cause?

  3. Uninvited Writer profile image76
    Uninvited Writerposted 11 years ago

    I know that as a reader I get very annoyed with links that don't work.

  4. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 11 years ago

    Hmm, maybe if you un-link the link, hope I'm making sense lol tongue smile and delete each letter - sort of re-format as you go? would that help? smile

  5. Michael Willis profile image66
    Michael Willisposted 11 years ago

    You might try to find a similar poem link you would like to put in place of the bad link. If not, is there something you could add in a Text capsule to fill the space or an image?
    I understand how deleting a capsule can change the formatting. I have had to make a few adjustments before.
    Just a thought!

  6. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
    DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years ago

    Thanks for all the suggestions, folks.

    The entire poem is in a single capsule.  This was one of my early pieces here, before I really learned how to use the capsules.

    I've tried in the past--the second you open the capsule to edit, ALL the formatting slams over to the left margin, and you cannot get it back!

    So, trying to remove any link, a letter at a time or otherwise, will still not preserve my white-space placements.

    I've been told about using the < pre > and < /pre > (minus the spaces, of course) tags, but they only work when HP has put them in--it won't accept them from me--it says the html has to be "cleaned up."  and it removes them.  and the "pre" tags do not appear in the list of accepted tags in the html editing mode.    ...  sigh... mad

    Well, it's an older poem, with only a 53 rank..and the most recent traffic was way back on.... --who knows?  It was published 5-10-10, and has only had 24 visits and a single comment.

    1. Michael Willis profile image66
      Michael Willisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, was the link in the poem? That would cause the words to format back to the left when you edit.
      I was thinking you meant a link in a separate capsule you set to the right.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
        DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        nope--this was back from the old "suggest links" tool... and it won't even delete them if you say "stop suggesting"   Oh, well,  ::: sigh :::

  7. Richieb799 profile image65
    Richieb799posted 11 years ago

    Yes I have found it affects your sub domain as a whole, although it doesn't help when the HP detector keeps pointing out links that aren't broken!

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Right--and I've had that happen more than once!

  8. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
    DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years ago

    You know what?  I've tried EVERYTHING I could think of, including a copy/paste into MS Word, where I REMOVED ALL of the hyperlink formatting, saved it, closed Word, then re-opened it, copied, and pasted it back into a NEW HP capsule, and guess what??
    The #$#@$*&(#$%($ hyperlink formatting bounced right back, exactly where it was.  IN the meantime, also, of course, LOOSING my formatting, as I knew it would.

    I tried 3 different times to go into the html and add the "< pre > tags, both with the opening AND closing tag, and also with ONLY the opening tag, (as the closing tag was not listed in the 'allowable' ones...)..

    And, gee--guess what---naturally, it was not accepted, and the html was "cleaned up" to remove it... again, removing my formatting.

    I was left with but  a single option, and that was to simply delete the entire hub!  BAH!

    1. sofs profile image78
      sofsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      But why would you do that?  just open the hub on edit mode click on the link and click on the broken chain and you are done..
      Then highlight the word and click on the chain and paste the url you want to paste... it is simple ...and I am baffled ...maybe I did not understand this discussion at all . Then I am sorry to have barged in..

      1. rebekahELLE profile image85
        rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I thought the same thing.. I don't see how it would change the format by breaking the link. hmm

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
          DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          It is not "breaking the link" that destroys the formatting--it is OPENING THE CAPSULE to do the editing!!!

          IN poetry, many times, there is visual "play" with white space.  As the poem stood, it was formattted the way I wanted it with the extra indents.

          Upon opening the capsule into 'edit' mode, so the links CAN be deleted/changed, etc.  ALL of those extra indents and formatting are lost.

          HP changed something in the background since the time the poem was originally published, and thoose extra indents canNOT be retrieved!  Everything gets slammed against the left-hand margin, whether you want it there or not.   
          THAT is the issue that is causing "all this discussion"

      2. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
        DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        sofs--I am not trying to MAKE  a link, I am trying to UNdo a link WITHOUT losing my special formatting with extra indents.  (a.k.a. additional white space)  I know how to create/undo links.
          That, in and of itself, is not the issue.  The issue (as I stated in my opening post) was whether or not just ignoring the broken link warning on a single, older poem with virtually no traffic would damage my ratings or other traffic....because I KNEW that trying to edit out the broken link would destroy my careful formatting.

        1. sofs profile image78
          sofsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Sorry, as the others said ignoring the broken link does harm you... but maybe I do not understand your special formatting.. .. and how opening a capsule changes it.. Looks like RedElf has some solution to your problem.

  9. RedElf profile image89
    RedElfposted 11 years ago

    Would the paragraph/block quote thingy help at all - I use it to bump things over, and it does a reasonably adequate job.
    I do know what you mean though, I have had the same problem with older poetry that had the formatting destroyed as soon as I opened the capsule to do whatever. - too bad.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, RedElf--thanks for the suggestion.  Unfortunately, no the block quote does not help, because I do weird line breaks...sometimes with each line progressing across the page from the previous line by 20 or more spaces, and the subsequent lines also moved over by the same proportion.  I have no way to put a link to illustrate, without having it snipped out for "self-promotion."  But if you want to see what I mean, you can look up my poetry section, and check out the older ones..that only have a score in the low 50's, and you'll see what it is I'm trying to explain.

      I'll try it here
                        and see if the same left-margin
                                                                          is enforced.

      If you see above 3 lines of type...steadily moving right, then that is what it is I am trying to maintain...and lose the moment I open a capsule to edit, and cannot get it back.

  10. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 11 years ago

    Not sure this is any help tongue when I make lists and use the indent in a WP program then copy n paste to Notepad - wierd - but all spaces used is saved and copied safely to the HP text capsule. Just a idea to try smile

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image88
      DzyMsLizzyposted 11 years agoin reply to this create in MS Word; copy/paste to Notepad, then copy/paste into HP capsules????
      Wow.. seems quite roundabout, but certainly worth a try.  Thanks for the tip.


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