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among the search results. On clicking on the link I saw a page that I did not expect: the output from a script that does certain lookup-y things, taking the file name from an URL request for files other than a directory. (the whole thing has to do with the site being for lookups of data; I wanted to provide short URLs for linking; the script is called via mod_rewrite)
It turns out that Yahoo Search has the content of
in its search index, but on clicking on the search result sends the browser to
In the standard configuration of most web servers this makes only a small difference (the web server automatically serves a redirect to the correct URL), but in some cases this behaviour breaks the functionality of Yahoo Search's result pages. Is this issue known? I'd imagine it would be readily usable for cloaking by black hats (and at the same time reduce the referrals from Yahoo Search to some white hats)
This behavior requires webmasters to have their server configured to accept both requests with and without the trailing slash.