Update: Not sure if it was this post, or someone else who may have emailed and/or someone at the W3C who took notice of the multiple 404’s being logged, but regardless of the reason, it seems this has now been fixed.
So maybe I’m missing some sort of intended joke by Tim Berners-Lee, but in doing some brush-up reading on URI’s (doing some work in the fragment identifier space at the moment, so wanted to quickly refresh on a few things to ensure I wasn’t abusing or misusing the aforementioned identifier inside of an a/@href attribute) I came across the ‘See also’ section of TimBL’s ‘Axioms of Web architecture’,
In clicking through to the Hall of Flame I was greeted with,
The URL path in your request doesn’t match anything we
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$Id: Error-404.html,v 1.17 2006/10/25 23:13:38 ted Exp $
To be honest, I don’t remember ever clicking on this link in the past, so for all I know this was really the intended purpose, using poetic mirroring to reflect an all inclusive, dynamic snapshot of HoF inductees. Either that, or as the title suggests, the Hall of Flame URI jusn’t wasn’t cool enough?
Don’t know, but I got a laugh out of the above, so seemed worth sharing in case you get one too. (you can never find too many reasons to laugh, right? :D)
Enjoy your dev days, everyone!
 In particular it’s the description after the ‘HoF’ link from above that causes me to believe this was intentional: “how not to do it“.