Don't purge Screencast content linked to by public web pages

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I've just read your notice about the upcoming purge of unused screencast content. While I agree in principle I have the following suggestion.

To avoid contributing to the problem of link rot on the web, please exclude from your purge any video that is linked to via a publicly accessible web page (from anywhere on the web).

You should be able to get the referrer data for each Screencast visitor from your server logs, if not you should be able to do a link search on the Screencast video URLs with Google or some other provider.
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I understand your concern about link rot and there will certainly be cases where this will occur when we purge the data, but I'd like to reiterate that for a piece of content to be deleted it means it has not been viewed in over a year. Depending on how the content is embedded it will count as being "viewed" when the page it's on is loaded, so it's unlikely that links will break even for infrequently accessed pages on the Internet (at least viewed once a year).

I hope this alleviates your concerns somewhat about this issue.

- Paul