I'm running into a problem with Google seeking URLs starting with a double slash, as in "//dir/somepage.htm". I spotted one earlier thread here [webmasterworld.com] where someone reported the same problem. I've scoured my site and, while I do a lot of relative addressing, I can't find the bad link. I caught reference online that this has been seen before, but I haven't been able to find any definitive causes or solutions. I set up a redirect with .htaccess, but I'm not happy about it. Any help would be appreciated.
I have found the same problems with one of my sites, and you can actually add as many /////////'s as you link and the pages still work! What I have done to combate this is to add all link as full URL's so linking to [widgets.com...] rather than ../14mm.htm
I've seen this too, but I doubt if it's a problem. It may be rather like adding # to a page address, in that Google doesn't see it as a different URL. In the instances I've seen it makes no difference to the PR of the page, even with several slashes introduced.