Robert_Charlton - 5:41 am on Aug 26, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:14 am (utc) on Aug 26, 2013]
Here's a discussion we had in mid-2011, in which an unusual approach was discussed of archiving expired pages indefinitely, returning 410 header responses for those pages, while having the pages remain available to visitors via outside links. Internal navigation and contact information would be removed dynamically from the expired pages....
Lots of indexed content that expires
It's one of the more intriguing discussions I remember here on expired pages, because it considers a range of possible site types and user needs, and thinking is way outside the traditional box. For me, 410s were counter intuitive, but I could see how, over time, as dropped pages accumulated, 410s might be preferable to noindex.
In the case of the particular discussion, I gather that links in emails were the likely source of visitors coming to the pages after they were expired.
PS: Fixed typo.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:14 am (utc) on Aug 26, 2013]