Bad Sample of a "broken link" page
Our apologies, the page you requested can not be displayed
- make sure that you typed the page name correctly ....
- if you followed a link, there may be a problem with that link ... you can report a broken link below ....
- you can use our site's search function ....
So, in the end, the point of the apology page seems to be to keep the
site user occupied while the site maintainers try to fix things up
again by applying a bit of duct tape and chicken wire.
- if you didn't type in the page name but followed a link or a
- the page was somehow renamed, lost or otherwise destroyed OR
- there is a bad link on the site. Since it is possible for the web
server to detect this condition and generate some kind of
notification, this is just sloughing the problem off on the site user.
- if you do bother to report a broken link, you will most likely get
some kind of automated response saying that we are aware of the
problem which is the result of planned maintenance on the site. If
that was really the case, it would only seem reasonable to have a
better way of dealing with this situation.
- the search function will only help if you actually typed in the
link incorrectly. Otherwise, based on the behaviour exhibited already,
the web site is probably full of bad links, so the search engine will
only confuse the situation further.
- and let's face it, people don't type in links any more. They might
cut & paste them from somewhere else but they often either follow a
bookmark if it happens to be a place that they go to a lot or they
came in from a search engine.
The 404 page at ibiblio
at least makes an attempt to entertain the victim.