Everything suffers the opposite of linkrot: links proliferate!
The fate of links on E2 is certainly different than in other parts of the web. The «regular» link rot still happens, as the targets of external links change addresses, or simply die.
But inner links are a bit different.
The complete anatomy of an Everything2 link is as follows:
- The text of the link;
- The target of the link;
- The node or nodeshell of the target; and
- The writeups contained in the node.
I make this distinction without any claim to completeness, but out of my observation of these elements being different and serving sometimes complementary purposes.
Before continuing, I must answer the question no one has asked: why point out the obvious? Why restate the observations already cemented by decades of…