Onders - 10:44 am on Jul 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
Robert - sorry, missed the last replies on the thread, but yes, we are doing the following
a) Retaining the actual content on the page indefinitely. Am currently measuring how many times the 410 pages are being served (distinguishing between actual users and bots). Dependent on how many times actual users see the 410'ed pages we'll decide if we want to serve different content (is the extra development time worth it?)
b) Internal navigation is removed as we 410.. so there is no way anyone can come to the page through the site - we still have links in emails, but again, am measuring how many times people are clicking and visiting the 410's.
c) We already remove all contact information when the page is 410'ed - totally agree. It is done on an ongoing basis. Effectively think of us having searches which generate results from a DB. Once the page has gone the result isn't generated.