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Note that when you specify an ErrorDocument that points to a remote URL (ie. anything with a method such as http in front of it), Apache HTTP Server will send a redirect to the client to tell it where to find the document, even if the document ends up being on the same server. This has several implications, the most important being that the client will not receive the original error status code, but instead will receive a redirect status code. This in turn can confuse web robots and other clients which try to determine if a URL is valid using the status code.
If it's possible, create a second "real" 404 page and have it set in the event directory .htaccess - I presume this 404 would over ride the root one?
...but let say the event is a sporting event and has winners (...) Wearing a searcher hat would those be an asset or a disappointment?
Lots of indexed content that expires
Thanks for this link. At the time I had no idea what g1smd was talking about-- you can sense his frustration-- but now I do. There's a lot of useful discussion showing the difference between content and status code.