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7:36 pm on Oct 20, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Several months ago I shut down a page, on the rock-solid grounds that it was thin, boring, and nobody ever visited. Its content got shifted onto a newly created page, along with lots of other miscellaneous stuff, leading to the suitable redirect
/directory/oldpage.html >> directory/newpage.html#oldpage

Over the months, I remained baffled at the number of search-engine redirects from this page. (No humans, because I said nobody ever visited, and I wasn't kidding.) Honestly, they seemed to be requesting it more often than they did before I retired it.

Finally as a last resort I fired up Text Wrangler and did a comprehensive search for “oldpage.html” in my local site files.

Yup, found one.

Would anyone care to guess where I found it?

On the /directory/ index page. Yes indeed. I’d entirely forgotten to remove the old link ... and to add a link to the new page. I’d duly updated the navigation banner, but forgot all about the index page.

Oops.

Incidentally: I then wandered over to GSC to see if they'd told me about this issue and I ignored it. Turns out there is a listing of URLs that aren't indexed because they redirect--but it doesn't distinguish between “all URLs we have ever heard of” and “URLs that are continuously reinforced because you yourself link to them, you incompetent webmaster you”.
2:25 pm on Oct 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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That is so easily done, and i've done it before, too.

It's true, don't ignore info on GSC, unless you can't do anything about it.
3:07 pm on Oct 21, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Self inflicted injuries are not covered. I have found the same type of thing on 404 pages. Trying to be helpful can hurt.
4:27 pm on Oct 22, 2019 (gmt 0)

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don't ignore info on GSC
Unfortunately the only info is “this URL is redirected”, which I already knew. Thanks to a lot of consolidation over the years, there are over 100 items on the list, many of them last crawled in 2017. (Will they all be listed forever? Who knows!)