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Star Tribune online archives suck ass

I'm sure I've said this before, but StarTribune.com has a huge gaping flaw: Their archived articles disappear from existence after a short period of time. What's particularly screwed up is you can search their site, and the disappeared article will appear in the results:

Clicking on that Minnesota Stories article leads you to the big nasty 404 Not Found page. The same thing happens searching Google for "Namasté" - the Strib restaurant review turns up in the results but I'm led to a 404 page. This is incredibly stupid and aggravating. All this information is being flushed into a black hole. I remember complaining about this after their redesign, and I believe A Stribby friend of mine described how you could access their archives with some other method. But I don't know what that method is, and why on earth would you move it from the original location with no clue about how to find it?

IDIOTIC I say! Fix it!

UPDATE: A couple of nice people have emailed me links to the Google cache of the MN Stories article. Thank you for that, and thank goodness for Google cache. But indeed, it only underscores the point that Google is doing the Strib's job of archiving, for however long that cache lasts. The Strib still needs to fix their archive problem.

June 22, 2006 at 04:55 PM in Media | Permalink


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That has been driving me crazy for ages! And hello, that restaurant review? The place has only been open since April. That is seriously ridiculous.

p.s. There are Namaste reviews over here. I wrote one of them, of course, and the husband wrote the other.

Posted by: Sharyn at Jun 22, 2006 10:09:00 PM

I was at the Citizen Journalism panel at Bloggercon this morning.

Doc said newspapers should open their archives which is something I've been saying for over a decade.

The only people who buy articles online for $2 (sometimes more) have
a corporate expense account (and they often have access to nexis
or other databases).

Another thing newspapers need is short urls which are easy to link to.

Posted by: ari at Jun 23, 2006 4:07:04 PM

Hey, kids, access full Strib archives at your local library's website. You will need a valid, working library card, however.

Posted by: Jonathan at Jul 5, 2006 9:58:05 PM