Dearlove, Christopher wrote:
Most links are to something someone - if a good source a known someone
- could change. A Wikipedia link is to something anyone can change.
I think Wikipedia Articles make very good _informational_ references,
and in particular because _anyone_ can change them!
Informative References in the form of URLs to information that is
under change control of individuals or companies is much more of
a problem, because if these entities decide to change or remove
that information, it is usually impossible for others to restore
any information under that specific URL.
Linking to other organization makes sense when it is about a
_specification_ owned by or under change control of that organization.
The problem with outdating URLs is still a problem, and Wikipedia
appears to be one of the few Sites that lives up to the original idea
behind URLs. Even the IETF is occasionally moving around stuff needlessly
on their Web Server(s).
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