lucy24 - 10:08 pm on Jul 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hey, I met one of those not long ago. I'd recently changed a batch of individual 404s or 410s to page-specific redirects. So it made sense for Google to want to confirm that I hadn't stepped into Soft 404 territory by redirecting everything.
I realize that this makes it sound like blaming the victim. But to me it did seem like a reasonable action. I might have felt differently if it threw out lots and lots of them. It only takes one to get the message.
The requested URL is unambiguous gobbledygook, not at all like the garbage they routinely come up with when following sloppy links.