Updating Broken Links
Sometimes people might delete posts. This could be due to cleaning up the forum to make docs more readable, or because something was moved. This is great, but it can break links, and thus Cred flow.
Let’s consider two categories of broken link:
- a broken reference from a regular post
- a broken reference from a supernode
For the regular links, each reference generally won’t flow a ton of cred, and I think this happens pretty rarely, so I wouldn’t worry about it overmuch.
For the supernode links, many people will have the ability to edit or suggest changes to a supernode, so it should be easy for the community to crowdsource a fix.
We should also look into the specific cases where links can get broken… If a post gets moved, does Discourse provide a redirect? If we can enumerate the redirects somehow then we could have a pure technical fix. We suspect that when a post gets deleted, links to other posts in the thread will be unaffected, (and obviously there’s no way to recover the link to the deleted post).