JD_Toims - 1:12 am on Aug 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
Don't know about the others, but I was thinking "noindex" on the 404/410 page itself.
Me too... But unless someone is redirecting to a 404/410 rather than serving a custom 404/410 for the requested URL, then I think we're both saying the same thing.
"The URL requested will serve a 404/410 response code with a custom page that also includes an noindex meta tag." -- I think that's what we're both saying we prefer and do.