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How would you handle old duplicate content?

#1
My forum has a bunch of RSS feed threads that I may be getting duplicate content penalties from. I've recently stopped publishing those feeds, and replaced with a more dynamic solution that doesn't leave residual dup content.

I'm not sure what to do about the old threads...

Do I simply delete these threads? Or, should I just leave them where they are?

Most are short threads with no replies, and there are 9,000+ of them in my forum...

What would you do?

PS: It just occurred to me that the XF forum doesn't have any place to discuss "Community Management" per say, unless I'm missing something....
 

Rob

Well-known member
#2
Personally.... short threads with no replies that are essentially RSS content.... I would bin them.

I would set a very short life for RSS feed content if I used the feature - I dont yet but may do in the future.
 
#3
I would suggest you to delete the threads which don’t have replies. Also replace the duplicate contents with new unique contents.
 

principia

Well-known member
#4
I would suggest you to delete the threads which don’t have replies. Also replace the duplicate contents with new unique contents.
thats exactly what i do from time to time.
delete threads with no replies.
would be nice to have a function in the core for that :)
 

Rob

Well-known member
#5
I think thread pruning options will make it into the core on a future upgrade. There are some 'thread prune' sql statements around the forums somewhere and I'm sure you could modify one of them to suit.

Hope this helps,

Rob
 
#6
Thanks for the responses, I figured that was the right move. I've started moving the old content to a hidden forum where I can start deleting the junk.

I've also found a much better way to show RSS feeds without having duplicate content. I'm using Brogan's RSS feeder: http://xenforo.com/community/resources/add-an-rss-feed-block-to-the-sidebar.341/

Here is a raw version of the page: http://civilwartalk.com/pages/News/

The best part is that I can customize this feeder as a page and include custom content with the feed, it really looks great, and my members love it.