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Tim Fisher

404 Error Pages Become EU Missing Children Posters

By September 28, 2012

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404 ErrorA 404 error is the error you receive when you try to visit a webpage that no longer exists and that the website has no replacement for. The 404, and other errors like it, are called HTTP status codes.

404 error pages can be customized to be more helpful, for instance with links to a website's top content. Some 404 pages even have games, videos, or other fun ways to entertain or get you more interested in something else on the site.

Invoking that "why didn't I think about that" reaction, like so many great ideas on the Internet, someone had a pretty good idea for utilizing that 404 page: turn it into a poster for a missing child.

So instead of showing a mostly meaningless error, or a list of links you weren't really interested in anyway, you see a picture of and information about a missing child. And here I thought the milk carton idea was a good one.

You can read more about this initiative at notfound.org. My understanding is that this is only available to websites in the EU.

What do you think about this? Do you think this will actually help? When was the last time you actually saw a 404 error?


September 29, 2012 at 3:16 am
(1) Sunnie2Day says:

I live in the UK and would love to see this implemented. I get a 404 at least once a day here as I do research for my hobby-turned-business.

October 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm
(2) iggyvolz says:

Do they have something like that for the US?

October 9, 2012 at 8:28 am
(3) Tim Fisher says:

@iggyvolz: Not that I’m aware of.

October 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(4) Carlos Mendoza says:

Me parece una gran idea, en estos momentos en que los niños están en constante peligro, podría ayudar mucho en la lucha contra el crimen organizado, que ve a los menores como simples mercancías.

October 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm
(5) Deborah Wood says:

I think it’s a great idea!

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