why do so many Dungeon/Dragon articles 404 for the first few hours after they've been posted?

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is it a broken link problem or is there some kind of processing time between when they're uploaded and when they actually go live?

it's pretty annoying to wait all day for new articles and then have them not actually be available until the next day.
Hunh??

Barring a few minor problems (images not linking correctly, etc), most of the time when the announcement goes out, the article is live.
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Probably referring to the Racial utilities article that is on the home page, but the download link doesn't work.
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Probably referring to the Racial utilities article that is on the home page, but the download link doesn't work.

I find that also, many times on the Content Calendar a link is broken, and I have to hope that link exists somewhere else (like in Dragon or Dungeon). I notice it seems to be just a typo in the link on the Calendar but it happens quite often (about 20 times in the past 3 months for me), and some of them never seem to get fixed, even when I go back weeks later. 

In this latest case, with the Racial Utilities file, neither the Calendar nor the Dragon link work. At least the Dragon link gets me to the intro page, but the download button fails. The Calendar does not even get you to the intro page.

Here is the link from the Calendar:

www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd/d...

Here is the correct link from Dragon:

www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/d...

So you can see the Calendar just missed adding "utilities" to the end of its link. But this happens too often.

The current download from Dragon points here:

www.wizards.com/dnd/downloads/dragon/402...

So I suspect the file name itself is wrong, I tried it without the "I" at the end and even replaced it with a "1" but neither worked.

Larry 
Yeah there has been two articles that had broken links just this week that i reported here: community.wizards.com/go/thread/view/758...

Making Race Count www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/d...

Save My Game: Dirty trick www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/d...


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Hunh??

Barring a few minor problems (images not linking correctly, etc), most of the time when the announcement goes out, the article is live.



yeah, most of the time the articles are up at the turn of the hour, but at least a few times a month the "download' link for the articles 404's when you click it and i'm just curious why this happens. is it a typo in the link or is it just something that happens every now and again with the servers or something?
most of the time when the announcement goes out, the article is live.


That's not my experience. Most of the time, I have to wait several hours after the links appear (not greyed out) in the Content Calendar before both they and the link to the actual article PDF are functional. It's got to the point that I usually just wait until the day after they supposedly went up to even try to access the articles.

I haven't complained about it because, honestly, it doesn't actually bother me very much - as long as the article is accessible eventually, I don't mind waiting an extra day. But your claim that this issue is a rare occurrence just doesn't square with what I've experienced.
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Indeed it has happend very often this Summer. To the point I stopped bothering to check the D&D website daily as often the articles' links are dead. For hours.
While I have not experienced this except for once or twice a month, I have poked WotC about this to let them know that some people are having problems. I know their files are spread over severeal redundant servers, so it is posisble that there is a problem copying the article to that server.
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Thanks, Mudbunny!
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This morning's Legends and Lore is 404'ing for me.  I know it's early...  

Link: www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd/4...
Legends and Lore goes up on Tuesdays.

This weeks article is here:b www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4...

The link in the COntent Calendar is incorrect. I think that today's article is
The Dungeon Master Experience - T'Witt
www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4...
Mudbunny SVCL for DDI Before you post, think of the Monkeysphere
Sure, that's the normal schedule, however I look at the calendar here:

www.wizards.com/dnd/Calendar.aspx

It shows me Sept 1, Legends and Lore, I click on it:

www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd/4...

Which is really just a generic article link to today's date (likely the problem) and it's a 404.

So something is not right... 
Sure, that's the normal schedule, however I look at the calendar here:

www.wizards.com/dnd/Calendar.aspx

It shows me Sept 1, Legends and Lore, I click on it:

www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd/4...

Which is really just a generic article link to today's date (likely the problem) and it's a 404.

So something is not right... 



Which is why I said:

The link in the Content Calendar is incorrect. I think that today's article is
The Dungeon Master Experience - T'Witt
www.wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4...



(emphasis added)
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I think a lot of this could be resolved if Wizards used a content management system instead of (presumably) posting the links manually which is prone to human error. That being said, implementing such a system would be a huge investment in that they would have to pay for such a system, they would have to modify their procedures to take it into account and they would have to train staff on the procedures. And, to be honest, it doesn't bother me that much, personally.
I think a lot of this could be resolved if Wizards used a content management system instead of (presumably) posting the links manually which is prone to human error. That being said, implementing such a system would be a huge investment in that they would have to pay for such a system, they would have to modify their procedures to take it into account and they would have to train staff on the procedures. And, to be honest, it doesn't bother me that much, personally.


For the love of God!  Don't give them any ideas!  Especially bad ones.  When it comes to software, they just love reinventing the wheel.  And the finished wheels tend to be squares, rectangles, or at best ellipses.  We don't need yet another bumpy ride that waste a huge amount of their limited resources  
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I think it's because they automate the article to go in at a certain time and no one is there to check it when it does.
I think a lot of this could be resolved if Wizards used a content management system instead of (presumably) posting the links manually which is prone to human error. That being said, implementing such a system would be a huge investment in that they would have to pay for such a system, they would have to modify their procedures to take it into account and they would have to train staff on the procedures. And, to be honest, it doesn't bother me that much, personally.


For the love of God!  Don't give them any ideas!  Especially bad ones.  When it comes to software, they just love reinventing the wheel.  And the finished wheels tend to be squares, rectangles, or at best ellipses.  We don't need yet another bumpy ride that waste a huge amount of their limited resources  



LOL, alright. Just keep plugging em in manually then, WotC. No need to get a script to do it for you.
So, uh, yesterday's "In The Works" link seems to be broken:

www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd/4...
 
As of 12:08 am EST the Gond's Way: Artificers of the Realms article is giving a Runtime error. I'm sure it will be fixed by noon, but I'm not sure why they bother posting articles at midnight when no one is arround to fix the broken links. 
So, uh, yesterday's "In The Works" link seems to be broken:

www.wizards.com/dnd/article.aspx?x=dnd/4...
 


Here is a link that works:

www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4...
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As of 12:08 am EST the Gond's Way: Artificers of the Realms article is giving a Runtime error. I'm sure it will be fixed by noon, but I'm not sure why they bother posting articles at midnight when no one is arround to fix the broken links. 



Per the discussion thread, try opening the file in a 32 bit browser.