Stop Deleting Content!

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Disclaimer: This may sound quite harsh... it is meant to. But I do have a lot of respect for the whole team at .Net and have met a lot of them, so this isn't personal.

I am not the first to be annoyed about websites disappearing or broken links. Indeed there are entire communities about it such as Archive.org who try to archive all websites and the Indie Web (which I am a member of) who strive to own their own data so that other people cannot delete it. Also, along the lines of archiving the web, the Web History Community Group (another group I am a member of) is full of people who appreciate how important it is to not lose our history.

I'm never surprised, though often quite annoyed, when small blogs change their link structure without redirects or just randomly delete content. I was however very surprised and very angry to find out that .Net Magazine has merged with Creative Bloq and their entire website is gone! I am sure you all know what .Net Magazine was, it was a website that accompanied the published magazine (which is still going) and had hundreds (probably thousands) of guest articles and interviews. That is people not in the company who wanted to contribute their time and knowledge to the web community, .Net Magazine was always a good way to do that because it was so well known.

At first I thought it was a mistake. So I reached out to @netmag on Twitter to see what was going on. The reply was basically that they saved some articles and destroyed the rest.

I appreciate that it is a big site so moving everything is hard work. BUT IT IS WORTH IT! And come on... even if it was beyond their skill, they could have just tweeted and asked for somebody to write a script that would back everything up and transfer it properly. Or even if they just uploaded it to github or somewhere and let the community handle it. At least then the countless amount of hours put in by hundreds of staff and other people who wanted to contribute, would not be lost.

Please people. Start thinking, you cannot just destroy content like that. A lot of it was useful, a lot of it was interviews with people. Oh, and it broke probably tens if not hundreds of thousands of links. That is not cool.