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I'm taking a break from comics, adding missing sourcebook.adventure book credits, and one thing I've noticed is that several of these pages have a "This source book is now available as a free PDF" on the article page (and sometimes the image info page for the cover) which then links to the WOTC website. These links are all dead. Should I manually remove them or is this something a bot can handle?

Example link, from How the Mighty Are Fallen cover photo page:


Regis87 (talk) 13:47, March 14, 2018 (UTC)

Some of these are still accessible by going through the Internet Archive (as an example, How the Mighty Are Fallen can be found here). However, Wizards does monetize these older sourcebooks nowadays through sites like Dungeon Masters Guild, so I'm not sure we should be linking to free versions (or specifically, free versions not accessible through the official Wizards archive of their old D&D site). I'd say remove the links from File pages at the very least, since the information isn't really applicable to the images themselves. As for the articles themselves, there is no purpose in providing dead links. If you can't find a working replacement link, I'd say just replace them with links to the product on DMsGuild.
Ir'revrykal (talk) 14:02, March 14, 2018 (UTC)
Ok I'll do that when I find them in the article pages, add a DM Guild link, and remove them from the file pages. Thanks for the help!
Regis87 (talk) 14:11, March 14, 2018 (UTC)

They should be removed. In fact, I thought I'd removed them already, but maybe I just did some as I came across them. I'm on the fence regarding linking to DriveThruRPG or DMs Guild (or another clone) or anywhere else a book can be purchased. On the one hand, it is convenient and obvious, but on the other, it's a commercial arrangement (and an unofficial one we don't get anything from) favouring one supplier over another. Plus the links and sellers change too often to be reliable, as we've seen.
— BadCatMan (talk) 14:59, March 14, 2018 (UTC)

I found and changed a few since posting this, I'll just remove them as I find them and hold off linking to DM Guild, most of the sourcebooks have an Amazon page as the source anyways.
Regis87 (talk) 15:02, March 14, 2018 (UTC)
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