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BBC INfax links are 404[]

Links to :- http://catalogue.bbc.co.uk/catalogue/infax/ seem to be generating 404's, are these internal intranet links? (They should ideally be marked for archival replacement)

Robert Moog[]

I'm currently doing extensive work on the Robert Moog article, which has a vast External links section. I could familiarise myself with the rights and wrongs of external links but it's the sort of Wikipedia work I find very dull and I'd rather focus on writing, my strong suit. Could anyone take a look and see how much of the section is kosher? Thanks. Popcornduff (talk) 18:59, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your note, Popcornduff. I've removed about half of them, and probably another 50% could get cut, too.
On the question of "the rights and wrongs of external links", the rules exist mostly for people who want to add things, rather than people who are trying to weed out things. There's one very simple rule for ors who find huge lists of links: If you don't like it, take it out. External links are meant to be optional niceties, rather than important content. The anti--warring rule is that anyone can remove any link for any reason (including vague reasons, such as "I just don't think it's a desirable link for this article"), and the disputed link stays out unless and until there is evidence of a consensus to include it. So, when you encounter vast External links sections, feel free to remove anything that doesn't seem like a good idea. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:36, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
Great to know. Thanks for the help. Popcornduff (talk) 00:37, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

Cruise booking site[]

Spotting this link on a number of cruise ship articles usually claiming its a link to show the ship location but it looks like its primarily book a cruise through us site. Lyndaship (talk) 15:35, 8 December 2018 (UTC)

RfC pointer[]

There is an RfC in progress here that may of be interest to ors here. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:49, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

how to approach ELs for lists[]

I'm not sure why there are any ELs at List of soccer clubs in the United States as there is no official link for the subject. Any advice would be appreciated. Walter Görlitz (talk) 06:46, 17 December 2018 (UTC)