---- Purposely returning 200 for Page Not Found instead of 404
Shaddows - 12:25 pm on Mar 18, 2009 (gmt 0)
When I notice an issue I fix it and move on
Yep, but the problem is that any invalid URL returns an identical page with a 200 header status.
That is the problem needing fixing. Fix it and my suggestion is moot. Which was actually the point I was making. Infact, the OP in his previous post says:
here is only a canonical issue if google's robots request invalid URLs. On this site I KNOW there aren't any removed pages in their index 'cause we haven't removed any, so they should not be concerned about such issues
I was trying to point out that 404s are supposed to be served when resourse does not exist. Instead, every conceivable URL is returning a duplicate content 200.
I fully agree that the problem should be fixed and the OP move on. I was pointing out the problem should he just carry on as is.