[thelist] Correct procedure for removing files from a site

Alex Beston alex.beston at gmail.com
Wed Oct 13 16:17:14 CDT 2010

thanks for the proceedure, will do something like your recommendation.

> i have not been doing meta redirects.

thing is - if htaccess is blocked - eg streamline - youre snookered.
or other reason cant run .htaccess

> if the content has been pruned what to do then? send user back to index?
> pruned is kind of an ambiguous term.

sure, i should be more precise. yes mean removed entirely. client had
some files which revealed too much to the WWW; ofcourse its all on
archive.org so not much escape there!

> if you mean removed, then sure, add a
> 301 redirect in the .htaccess file to send the viewer to whatever page you
> think makes sense, does not have to be the home page.

im wondering what that would mean from a UX POV. would the user wonder
what was going on? perhaps a special page (not a 404 page) saying that
the user came in via an old link? perhaps something about why the
content is gone? what it used to be?

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