HTTP Codes 500, 404, 403, 401 & Making Content Accessible

Design 360° Series

○ ○ ○We've seen them all: Page Cannot Be Displayed | Page Not Found | HTTP 404 - File not found

The page cannot be found | Site no longer exists | The page you are looking for might have

been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable | Site no longer exists!

File Not Found | Sorry, that page doesn't exist| Requested file has been moved to another

location and/or deleted | And, in the case of the blog post preceding this one, a familiar

Youtube status code: “This video has been removed by the user. Sorry about that. Then

there is “Forbidden” HTTP 403/Code 401 “Access Denied” making users regret because

they didn't bother saving that video, that image/webpage or do screenshots. All have

one thing in common: They're often not expected and disappointing. As disappointing

as driving/traveling all the way to a certain place for specific entertainment, maybe

rewarding bargain experience only to discover the entire building or mall reduced

to rubble, as part of someone else's real estate development project. Something

similar happens to high quality web content on a daily basis. Most people, and

this includes even the most seasoned artists & content creators, simply never

bother to ensure long-term availability or integrity of their content. If your

Social Media strategy entails shipping high quality and smart content, parts

of which is time-sensitive, may be inaccessible and/or you have reason

to doubt its availability from a certain region of the world, it pays to

build contingencies into your design to accommodate users likely to

be affected. If that is not feasible, acknowledge the technical or

legal obstacles, in writing. Even if in fine print. Because that is

the hallmark of well-thought out & useful content. Its value is

measured not based on the fame of the creator(s) or other

small-minded standards and superficial metrics but rather

how thoroughly researched, impeccably packaged and

delightfully inspiring the entire experience is, for its

target and niche audience. As such, inconvenience

must not unnecessarily be built into your design.

Unless we're talking Information Security and

even there, it depends on the context. This

is why THiNKTaNK blogs insist—by design

on  managing relevant Blog components.

As opposed to, trusting 3rd parties and

even platforms originally hosting any

content of interest  to indefinitely

do so. Dolts mock such approach

as video grabbing albeit design

unblocking all content of use

to Mainland Chinese say, or

other repressive regimes

is value+service, done.

Youtube  success was,

in part because the

founders  did not

let lawsuit fear

quell startup


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