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12:45 15 Jan 2015
Hi, I'm not sure if its my laptop or your website. I wanted to do career quiz on
but the font is so small that it is imposible to read. Can you please fix it? Thanks.
09:15 15 Jan 2015
Any chance of making the Skara Brae site fully active as this period of time is now part of the new national curriculum and there are very few resources available generally. I will still use the archive site, which is great, but the children are always disappointed the video clips don't work.
12:00 14 Jan 2015
In theory, some 301 redirects should help search find the new location of content that's been moved. That should also help existing users D-row, who know or have bookmarked those URLs, to continue to get to the right place.
I'm sure that the Analytics users behind bbc.co.uk are watching the performance of their older content, and should be able to use those stats/trends to forecast and prioritise the right solution for the archive.
Hopefully those archived RealMedia clips can be converted over to something a little more playable.
Good luck BBC! I've got 170 microsites that I'm currently deleting, upgrading, or mothballing, and it's a slow and arduous task. I really like your 'this is mothballed' message (which i first saw on the BBC Bagpuss page - poor Bagpuss!).
21:59 13 Jan 2015
Does this mean that I won't be able to access all the magic key games and others I used to do?
20:10 13 Jan 2015
I wanted to know if there was any chance of getting the Skara Brae game out of the archive. It was fantastic. I am surprised that it was removed as the Stone Age is part of the National Curriculum.
16:14 13 Jan 2015
several years ago Mi Vida Loca Interactive learning video drama helped me very much in improving my Spanish. Now I would like to begin studying Portuguese. But unfortunately I have found out that I have no accsess to the videos of Talk Portuguese course
Does it depend on the page have been archived or is there any other reason?
I would be very grateful for your soonest answer.
09:52 13 Jan 2015
I have been using the
I can't acces with audio files. Do you know anything about this?
00:02 13 Jan 2015
I have been using the
webpages for several years and I found it extremely useful.
I was surprised to find out that there is no longer access to audio files.
I am aware that you are in a process of archiving but could you please let me know when those links will be operational again as I know that many people are trying to access them including myself.
19:56 4 Dec 2014
I have discovered a number of far more serious flaws, which, I'm fairly certain, are all a result of the archiving process for no-longer-updated pages. In the following BBC sites (devoted to archived or historical Beeb footage):
"404 not found" errors are returned for virtually all RealMedia (audio and video) links. This is similarly true of all RM links on the following sites (which I have already perused, thus are less vital to me personally, but might well be to others):
In similar fashion, it is true of some, but not all RA links here:
some of these broken ones, interestingly, give a similar (eg. "The requested URL /_proxy_/deltawww/radio4/history/ram/whatif20020328.ram was not found on this server.") error message to the one D-row reported above.
In the case of the "Wales History" site, several pages that today return "404" errors show up in a google search, and the cache for them dates from mid- to late- October, meaning the links must have been broken and/or pages removed AFTER that date.
In conclusion, this is far more serious than the issues previously mentioned, as swathes of actual CONTENT has been lost--apparently as a result of the archiving process. If the links are going to be restored to functioning status (or replaced with identical iPlayer clips), that's fine, but if not, it is catastrophic. As this BBC itself (
"The way we hang on to the past plays an important role in understanding our lives today, whether it's our own photo albums, cine film or video, or the archives of broadcasters like the BBC."
Again, if this is temporary, fine, but if not -- totally unacceptable.
16:09 10 Nov 2014
@ Keith - that's a good point. I'll pass that on, and see if it's something we can fix.
@ D-row - again, I'll pass that on to the relevant team and see if it's something we're going to fix. As I say in the post, occasionally links get broken because of the necessary compromises made during the archiving process, but we aim to keep as much working as possible...
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