Reporting Dead/ No Longer Updating Webcomics
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    I've been noticing that quite a few webcomics listed on this site, which have either gone offline, stopped updating or have been abandoned and taken over by malware.
    A "report this site" button or something like that, would be good for users to utilize, in case they land on a webcomic that either has gone 404 or it's URL has been overtaken by a malware/ spam site, so that the listing can be frozen, until the creator contacts you, or delisted if it seems the site has been abandoned/ non-updated for some time.
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    ink SUPPORTER
    Ill add this to my list thanks for the heads up
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    I have changed URLs a few times recently such feature would be nice to flag those dead links now that GFE has a home
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    What do you think would be good for those comics that are on a short break or hiatus?
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    ink SUPPORTER
    There should just be a rule for comics that havent updated for months, or check to see if there is still a SITE.
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    Of course, it's probably a given that any account being frozen by such a feature would send a notification to the site's owner, yes? That would also give the hiatus people a chance to say 'whoah, just gone for a little while' (or not), and would especially help if someone just decided to be a jerk and flag your site, while you're working away thinking the InkLink is still up...
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    I'd suggest the "flagging" feature sends a flag to the inkoutbreak moderators,  so they can check the flagged sites and contact the webcomics' owners before any action is taken.
    If the moderators don't get any reply from the webcomic owner,after a certain time period, as to whether the webcomic will continue or not, then they can remove the listing.

    I'd also suggest that if the webcomic has not been updated in six months, with no posting about returning/relaunching, etc. (ie. the strip has been abandoned or has ended),  or has been wiped (ie a blank 404 /a webhosting company's filler page, the URL attempts to download malware, or the URL redirects to an all-together different kind of site), then the listing will be removed automatically.
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    @prydonian
    "(ie. the strip has been abandoned or has ended)"

    I agree with much of your post, except that I don't think strips which have ended should be removed.  A completed story is still of potential interest to readers.  Perhaps they could be moved to some sort of archive instead?
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    yeah I agree with @chrcontagious, even if a comic doesn't update anymore it could still have value. The Pheonix Requiem is a good example... damn I miss that comic. 
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    @chrcontagious I'd go along with that. Yeah. Good point. I like the idea of an archived area, for ended strips.


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    I agree with the archival concept,  makes sense to preserve an old comic for new fans as long as the URL is still active and hosting the content.
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