...to which I responded...Hey there,
Are you able to please update something on your website? I found a broken link pointing to the free plants Vs. zombies browser game on your website.
Your broken link is on this page: http://www.casualplayers.org/forums/threads/50-games-to-play-at-work.16076/
There's a link going to this page which is no longer working: http://www.popcap.com/games/free/pvz - Since EA bought popcap, they removed the free version from the site =(happened there.
Here is a secure https working version I found online: http://www.crazygames.com/game/plants-vs-zombies - Pretty much a classic now!
...and later got this...Well, this is unusual! I initially assumed that this was a spam email, but everything looks like it checks out and what you've said is technically accurate. But the message board you're talking about is over 18 years old and has lots of old threads that are no doubt full of deprecated hyperlinks. The thread you're talking about is buried on Page 2 of a rather inactive message board section, with the last post in the thread dating back around 7 years ago. I wouldn't have thought that anyone would see it and check the hyperlinks there. I have no problem with passing your message on to the forum administrator as this whole thing amuses me, but I'm curious as to why we'd get a communication about a deprecated hyperlink for this one thing that isn't especially visible on the site. If you work for Maxflow (or you have contract with them) and are running some sort of bot that combs websites looking for old links to games on your site, then I guess that would explain your message. You didn't actually reach the site owner, but I wrote a lot of articles there and I'm guessing that your bot pulled my email address from somewhere on the site. I would guess that our site is pretty low-priority for your purposes: no one is going to seek out that old message board thread to find where to play Plants vs. Zombies. But if you are a real human behind all this, I'd be interested to know what's going on here, so please do tell me if it's some project for Maxflow or something else. The forum administrator will probably get a kick out of this and I'll pass your communication on to him.
So there you have it. One of our 7-year-old links is deprecated! Better pour through all of the forums and check every hyperlink because some of the other ones might also be broken, and we wouldn't want that!Hi Stephen,
I do not work on Maxflow, I had being working on Crazy Games ( the link that I advise you was related to them). I work as a freelance web developer, so I am not a part of the team. I work on the PVZ game.
So I interested people like my work or not? That's why I am emailing you.
There are a lot of tools online that can find every page that had a link to another page.
Hope I clarify you everything.