In a recent Oracle Magazine there’s a question from Marco Pinzuti about why Oracle Magazine articles are available for the past 5 years only. The editors respond they do not host old articles because technology moves quite fast and there’s no reason to keep old content which is most likely not relevant to current users. Although I agree with this fact – Oracle RDBMS indeed move pretty fast – I do not agree with Oracle’s approach of removing oldish content from Oracle website, because
1) I don’t like broken links
2) from time to time here and there pops up a question “where can I get the article, it’s not available anymore”
3) there’s a lot more “suspect” content out there which sometimes is completely wrong, so everyone should remember about this
Good thing is they say
We do not currently plan to maintain a historical archive for most content that is more than five years old, but if other readers are interested in an Oracle Magazine archive, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you, like me, think that old articles should not be deleted from Oracle website, you simply have to write an e-mail to them. You can help this “History Campaign” by spreading the word about such option too.