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link rot

(World-Wide Web)
The process by which links on a web page became unusable as the pages they point to change location or are removed.

link rot

Invalid hyperlinks on the Web. The more years go by, the more link rot because pages are moved to new locations or deleted. See dead link, 404 error, link consistency and Web rage.
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Linkrot definitely reduces the usability of the Web, being cited as one of the biggest problems in using the Web by 60% of the users in the October 1997 GVU survey.
html) reports that, at a 6% rate of dead links, the incidence of linkrot is pretty much unchanged.