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September 17, 2011, 11:19:16 AM
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Paging .. Sirius?  Or whoever operates http://www.bitcoin.org/.

For a while old bitcoin.org forum URLs were properly redirected to the new domain name, but now they're not.

URL: http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4555.0
Content: Generic GitHub 404 page.
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September 17, 2011, 01:07:49 PM
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Replace "bitcoin.org/smf" with "bitcointalk.org".

http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4555.0
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September 17, 2011, 09:12:33 PM
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I know that, but not everybody does, nor is everybody going to take the two seconds to fix the URL.

The subject of this thread is a reference to the classic W3C essay, Cool URIs Don't Change.  It makes the arguments for non-broken links better than I can.
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September 18, 2011, 04:46:28 AM
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I was to post the same, Please post/move this to "Meta" sub forum.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?board=24.0
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September 18, 2011, 03:02:50 PM
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They don't want forum.bitcoin.org to still point to this forum (otherwise it would still be implicitly "official"), so there is no other option but to break the URLs.

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September 18, 2011, 08:31:41 PM
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They don't want forum.bitcoin.org to still point to this forum (otherwise it would still be implicitly "official"), so there is no other option but to break the URLs.

Sure there is.  One would be to simply not link to bitcointalk.org (as they don't now), but maintain redirection for old URIs.  This will stop the promotion of bitcointalk.org and distance it from the official project without breaking hundreds of links.

If that's not good enough, another less ideal solution would be to display a page explaining that the URL has changed and bitcointalk.org is no longer the official forum of Bitcoin, then redirect in 10-20 seconds.  The reason that's less ideal is that the redirection is done in HTML or Javascript rather than HTTP, so a little bit of semantic information is lost.
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September 20, 2011, 08:48:13 PM
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This needs to be fixed ASAP. Almost all of our page rank on Google comes from http://bitcointalk.org/.

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