And I was making every effort to track down items that had been moved due to website URL name changes (the bane of my existence!) even to the point of writing to the individuals who were named in articles where the link no longer worked.
Tracking down, finding, cleaning up. Keeping everything neat and tidy and running smoothly.
One of the people I reached out to runs another website within the same institution, and they very kindly answered me with the correct link, and then...
And then said:
"I find that when the search function on the website isn't working a good solution can be to search it on google instead!"Very kind. Except this kind of stuff makes my head explode!
What is so difficult about maintaining your website? So that people don't have to "google it." I fundamentally disagree that the simplest solution is to leave the site a mess and hope to goodness good ole' google can find it.
That's like leaving all your clothes in a pile on the floor and hoping your RFID tags will tell you where your favourite pair of undies is.
By far the SIMPLEST solution is to CLEAN IT THE FUCK UP.