Sgt_Kickaxe - 1:15 pm on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 1:27 pm (utc) on Dec 15, 2012]
I'm on those as well g1smd, although I've cringed at the thought of mastering htaccess et al for years once you dig in you want to learn more - it's powerful stuff.
*update: My site, with index.php/ no longer redirecting to non-index.php/ except for root and a chosen handful of pages the 404 floodgates have opened as expected. Since I'm now relying solely on htaccess to control redirected urls instead of allowing wordpress to do it GWT is already telling me that some existing urls have up to 64(!) versions that are no longer redirecting. I'd say I had a busy spammer on my hands but rankings are holding, so far.
Thanks for the help, again, the past week I've spent almost exclusively on htaccess is already paying dividends. Knowing how htaccess works is like having an SEO sniper in your arsenal, you only get one shot to get it right but boy does it take care of business!
[edited by: Sgt_Kickaxe at 1:27 pm (utc) on Dec 15, 2012]