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Any harm in deleting old redirects?

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by cmeinck, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Is there any harm in deleting redirects? Initially, these might make sense. I'm thinking that at some point, it might be a good thing to parse these out. For example, I don't need search engines bumping into a redirect from 2012.

    Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 7.15.58 PM.png

    Any suggestions on finding existing redirects? Any way to mass delete redirects?
  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There is no reason to delete old redirects. There is also no utility to do this. It could be achieved with manual queries though.

    The search engine will get redirected to the real thread. No harm that I can see.
  3. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    On my forum I have changed the default to one hour expiring redirects. So after an hour the redirects automatically get deleted. Redirects can be confusing to users and I think it's best to remove them after an hour.
  4. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    These redirects are internal; intended to show human visitors where a thread has gone.

    AFAIK the URL remains exactly the same (because it doesn't reference the forum ID) wherever it is in your forum structure, so removing these redirects shouldn't impact on search engines at all. :)
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
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  5. cmeinck

    cmeinck Well-Known Member

    Looks like my management of threads of the years has caused a few instances of this:

    Screen Shot 2014-04-03 at 10.53.17 AM.png

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