March 28th, 2011

chiang 2

A useful tool for preserving RPG history

If you go back through this livejournal and click the links to web pages I've cited, you'll probably run across a number of dead links. Sometimes I've gone back and fixed them to refer to The Internet Archive, but that doesn't always work.

I've found something else that may be even better: WebCite. It allows you to trigger archiving of a web page at the time you cite it.

Note that WebCite "honors robot exclusion standards, as well as no-cache and no-archive tags", so if someone doesn't want their page archived for any reason, it will be excluded. It looks like they'll also remove a page from their archive upon request. (See their FAQ.) But I think most dead links are just because someone stopped maintaining their page.