...the primary buffer panel just fell off my gorram post for no apparent reason...
November 5, 2012 9:23 AM   Subscribe

So, I made a post last week and now the main link (the only one above the "more inside") is broken. It's a youtube video that was apparently removed by the copyright holder. What is normally done in these situations? Do y'all summarily delete? Ignore? Is it at all possible (or even worth it) to re-work the post?

Looked this morning, but couldn't find an alternate link.
posted by zarq to Etiquette/Policy at 9:23 AM (11 comments total)

We'll replace it if there's an alternate link, but if it's over a few days old we usually leave it alone. If it's a few hours old and it's the main link we might delete the post and suggest a repost if the content becomes available.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:25 AM on November 5, 2012


Mostly ignore, if it's a week later, while considering it a bummer. If people are still paying attention (i.e. mostly within a day or two) to the thread and someone comes up with a good alternate link, we may swap it if asked, but beyond that it's sort of just a fact of life that linkrot happens out there in the wild.

About the best we can say from a policy perspective is that it makes sense to consider where possible the likelihood of something disappearing, but that's usually not a central issue with a post anyway.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:27 AM on November 5, 2012


Ah, okay. Thank you both! :)
posted by zarq at 9:34 AM on November 5, 2012


Two by two, mods of the blue.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:13 AM on November 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


SMAMO (Shoot Mal and move on).
posted by arcticseal at 1:22 PM on November 5, 2012


Go back a couple years and you'll find almost all the links on Metafilter are broken.
posted by ryanrs at 2:13 PM on November 5, 2012


Link: "It was bound to happen, but we have received word through Google Alerts (and, as of this week, a posting on our wall) that Browncoats: Redemption is being downloaded via torrents. That means the charities are NOT receiving the full amount of donations that this project was created/intended to raise for them via donations for this DVD.

Because we know you Browncoats are an honest lot and don’t want the charities to suffer, we’ve put up a PayPal donation button for $16 – the lowest donation to each charity ($3) plus the PayPal processing fee – so you can still support the project by helping the charities. Your name will not be shared publicly, your donation will count towards the grand total raised through our project, and no one will seek any action against you. While we aren’t the Hands of Blue, we do ask that you do the honorable thing, especially since this project was created as a vehicle for charitable fundraising.

You can make your donation here by visiting http://bit.ly/nXi282
"
posted by Blasdelb at 2:17 PM on November 5, 2012


That means the charities are NOT receiving the full amount of donations that this project was created/intended to raise for them via donations for this DVD.

Just for the record, Big Damn Films isn't selling the DVD anywhere anymore. The money raised was dispersed to those charities back in 2011. Here's a check being given to Equality Now last year.
posted by zarq at 2:29 PM on November 5, 2012


It sucks that they're not selling it anymore. In this day and age, shouldn't it be relatively easy to keep in stock of that kind of thing? I would even buy it without packaging. Just take my money and send me a DVD you burned on your laptop and I'm happy.
posted by koeselitz at 3:32 PM on November 5, 2012


(Sorry, that should have gone in the post. I guess this isn't really the place to talk about that.)
posted by koeselitz at 3:32 PM on November 5, 2012


Ah crap.

I'm lost me Kaylee's engines.
I'm back to Abs's tatts.
posted by mule98J at 8:55 PM on November 5, 2012


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