Wikipedia’s enormous army of editors do their best to jump on pages showing erroneous information or quickly rewrite entries that have been tampered with by a miscreant, but occasionally the false information stays up for longer than you’d like.
With that in mind, many people who use the online encyclopedia like to hit the third-party links at the bottom of the page from which information in the main article has been sourced.
Those links should not only confirm the information in the Wikipedia article but also offer more depth to the subject, and so are an invaluable resource for those wishing to dig deeper into a particular topic.
The trouble is that sometimes those articles — whether from the news media, educational institutions, businesses, or research establishments — are taken offline, resulting in a broken link.
The good news is that a team of volunteers from the Internet Archive has been able to restore a colossal nine million broken links on Wikipedia, helping to make those annoying “404 error/page not found” messages a thing of the past.
The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library that’s been keeping a record of every web page put online since 1996, when the internet as we know it today was in its earliest stages of development.