Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#4560 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Delete + redirect empty handbook pages

Reported by: jonoaldersonwp's profile jonoaldersonwp Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: high
Component: Handbooks Keywords: seo

Description (last modified by jonoaldersonwp)

The handbook contains tons of empty pages, and, tons of deleted pages without redirects.

This needs better care; we need to make sure that pages which are moved/removed always get redirected. Separately to this cleanup, I'd be keen to understand how we prevent this from happening again - it's extremely damaging.

The following are examples of URLs I've found which are either empty docs pages, or, pages which have been removed but not redirected.

There are almost certainly more; all of them need removing (if they haven't already been) and redirecting to suitable equivalents.

Empty pages:

Moved/removed pages:

Change History (9)

#1 @jonoaldersonwp
5 years ago

  • Description modified (diff)

#2 @dd32
5 years ago

FWIW these are all handbook pages from the Docs Team Handbook on how to contribute to OTHER handbooks. Most of these pages were published as stubs and have never had content.

I'll ping the #docs team to clean it up.

#3 @jonoaldersonwp
5 years ago

Ahhh, interesting! Nice one :)

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #docs by dd32. View the logs.

5 years ago

#5 @dd32
5 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

All referenced pages either have content or 404.

For future cleanup of any empty pages, please raise it directly with #docs on slack for a faster response.

#6 @jonoaldersonwp
5 years ago

  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

The 404'ing ones _were_ empty, but now need redirecting.

#7 @dd32
5 years ago

The 404'ing ones _were_ empty, but now need redirecting.

There's nowhere to redirect these to. Content does not exist. 404 is appropriate.

#8 @jonoaldersonwp
5 years ago

It _did_ exist, and has been moved/deleted. A 404 is not appropriate; they should 301 to an equivalent/appropriate resource. If there's no appropriate resource, they should 410.

#9 @dd32
5 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reopened to closed
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