Google's link: has it's limits

Google has what at first brush looks to be a great feature. You can search on pages that link to your pages. However, it appears that this works ONLY if Google has indexed the pages. For example a google search on the Internet Sympathy Card comes up with several links including a page from Scripting News. This page links to Do a search on or and Google says there are no links to them.

Why this matters? It would be a useful tool. For example there are many stale links to the Internet Sympathy Card's old home at With a quick search I should be able to find the list of folks I need to contact.