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Explicitly stating the policy I want to follow when renaming pages on WikiLearn.

In general, I want to avoid dead links by recreating the old page (name) with a note like:

  • Moved to <new page name>, or
  • Content incorporated in <new page name>

I may make an exception when a page is moved within a few (no more than 24?) hours of creation on the assumption that it is not likely to have been indexed nor is it likely that someone has linked to it.

I want to find the Oops page for a non-existing page and confirm (or modify it so that) it points to something useful, like the WebSearch page.

I want to think about a policy for deleting those links after some period of time -- a first attempt is under Notes below.




A moved page should be deleted after the next Google "crawl"??

Why do I say that? Well, just a guess, at first. At that point:

  • The page with the note about the relocation (and the new page name) should be available until the next Google indexing (crawl) as the cached page, so if the page itself is gone, a Googler can view the cached version which will lead them to the new location.
  • Then, at the following "crawl", there will be no trace of this page, and no need for anyone to find their way back to it from Google.

What if somebody bookmarked the page?

Good point! I'll think about it, but at some point I think we'll let old links die. The thing I'm trying to do is pick a good point. And (a point to be checked), hopefully they'll get some decent hint if they come to a non-existent page (like a link to the search page or similar). There is probably a TWiki template for that, which I can modify if appropriate.

What about other web search engines?? What other web search engines? wink


  • () RandyKramer - 21 May 2003
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Topic revision: r1 - 2003-05-21 - RandyKramer
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