[Ads-l] Updating Wikipedia links

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 13 16:35:03 UTC 2014

Bonnie, that's an excellent suggestion. I've been concerned about the
link-rot cause by the migration of the archive, and Wikipedia is
obviously an important place to ferret out now-dead links to posts. We
can systematically update these links by searching for the old
"cgi-bin" URLs cited by Wikipedia articles:


On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM, Bonnie Taylor-Blake wrote:
> I've noticed that links to ADS-L messages that some of you have kindly
> provided on Wikipedia pages devoted to word and phrase origins are now
> no longer valid since the ADS-L archive has moved.  I believe that
> many of these original messages are useful supplements to Wikipedia
> pages.
> Here's a request.  If you've been keeping an eye on a particular page
> and know that it contains a link back to an ADS-L message, it would be
> very helpful if you could update the link.  You should be able to find
> the original message(s) by using Ben's new way of searching the
> archive:
> http://goo.gl/gLGhEs
> I have a particular interest in the "Black Friday" page, which John
> Baker has very kindly kept up over the years, so I'd be happy to
> update those links in the next couple of days (unless someone beats me
> to it).  I suspect, however, that there are several other Wikipedia
> pages that rely on ADS-L etymological research and it would be great
> to restore links to that data.  I know I'd find this very useful.
> Thanks for your help.

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