< Template:Dead link

Documentation This is a documentation subpage for Template:Dead link (see that page for the template itself).
It contains usage information, categories and other content that is not part of the original template page.

This template is an inline template used on dead links.

What defines a dead link?

A link that:

  1. Now throws an error when visited (e.g. HTTP 404 or HTTP 403 on dustbinned posts) or loads forever (e.g. old comments on Scratch profiles)
  2. Cannot be changed to a new, still relevant link - meaning that the link is gone and no other link can replace it

is a dead link.


https://example.net/thispageusedtoexist{{dead link}}

[https://example.net/thispageusedtoexist link text]{{dead link}}

[[this page used to exist]]{{dead link}}

[[this page used to exist|link text]]{{dead link}}

Challengeable statement.<ref>https://example.net/thiscitationusedtoexist{{dead link}}</ref>

This produces:

https://example.net/thispageusedtoexist[dead link]

link text[dead link]

this page used to exist[dead link]

link text[dead link]

Challengeable statement.[1]

In the case of references, this template should be used to denote that the link used to be a valid citation but is no longer retrievable.