tedster - 10:07 am on Jun 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
it means that the original page will still be crawled by bots (and the temp site will also be crawled?).
The original URL (not "page") will be requested, but once a redirect status is sent a server sends nothing more in answer to that URL request. So no, there's no way for the CONTENT at a now-redirected URL to be indexed, not even a meta tag.
elaborate with example perhaps about this?
When Vendor X is not available, you change the content to say "Vendor X is temporarily not available" and still return a 200.