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I have a well-indexed forum, but have noticed that G is picking up all the links to "report this thread", which are useless and also lead to some 404 errors.
I want to block all urls that start
But allow any other pages that are under
If I get this wrong, my forums will drop out of G's index, so I need to make sure I do this carefully! Could anyone advise me on the correct disallow statement that would SPECIFICALLY block the "func=report" urls ONLY?
bilalseo does make a good point. it is better to identify 404 errors and if possible 301 redirect them to the new file. if there is no new file location and the information does not exist on your site you should serve a 404 error page with helpful links for the users. this will help make it clear to the users what is going on and what options are available to them.
Looking at the OP, the request was to block "urls that start /foros/?func=report" so I assume we need to drop the $ at least. And doesn't Google allow question marks in disallow? So, the simplest would be:
Sorry if I'm being excessively picky ;)