Do bloggers have a responsibility to archive the content of posts that are linked to, so when the post becomes unreachable the information is still available?
I linked to a forum post that described how to fix a problem where your iTunes library file became locked. I didn't post the actual steps, as I didn't get permission from the author. Then at some point later, the thread was removed from the forums at ipodlounge. For a while it was available in Google Cache, but then it disappeared. Now when people find my post from search engines, they can't find the instructions.
So should I have saved the instructions myself, so when this happened, I could updated the post to include them? Unfortunately, I didn't save the instructions when I posted originally, so I can't do this for this case.
I am not going to do anything different on this blog. If I don't get permission, I am not going to post the contents of the posts that I link to.