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9:35 am on Apr 6, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Not a biggie, but when I'm logged in and on this page:

[webmasterworld.com...]

If I go to the "recent posts" link it returns a 404 error page. The link for the recent posts link on the above page is [webmasterworld.com...]

From the 404 error page I can then access the main recent posts page.

Just letting you all know.
10:27 am on Apr 6, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Looks like an archaic page kept for legacy purposes. Don't use that page :)
11:42 am on Apr 6, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Or it could be an old bookmark for logging in that has links to obsolete pages. That came up here: [webmasterworld.com...]

That Featured page looks like a beta remnant.
6:53 pm on Apr 6, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Think about what advice we would give an ordinary human who reported that some link on their site returned a 404. I don't think it would be “tough beans, just tell your visitors not to click on that link”.
9:36 pm on Apr 6, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Lucy there have been a lot of changes to WW over the years. When I say "archaic" I mean that page is no longer in use. It wasn't even included in the responsive update and there are no direct links to it.

There's nothing to be fixed here. In a database with thousands of legacy discussions, a large number of pages are only kept for archival purpose, not for active use. The above mentioned page may in fact be a candidate for removal.
2:19 am on Apr 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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jimh009... do you know how you got to https://www.webmasterworld.com/featured.htm, which contains the bad link? Did you navigate to it, and do you have any idea from where? Or was it an old bookmark? The page is an old WebmasterWorld "front page" (copyright date 2014). As keyplyr describes, yes, it could be a page that's left over from the change-over to responsive, perhaps referenced in an old discussion... but that doesn't help us much.

Chances are that Brett might know whether it should have been redirected or deleted.

The "recent posts" (top-nav) link you clicked on goes to https://www.webmasterworld.com/active.htm, which no longer exists.

Worth re-emphasizing the thread not2easy cites.... [webmasterworld.com...] which not only discusses 404s links to obsolete pages, but explicitly mentions a "recent posts" link, and it also mentions log-in
It is the link to Recent Posts after you login.

Both of the log-in links in that discussion now return 404s, so maybe they've been cleaned out.

You mention above...
Not a biggie, but when I'm logged in and on this page:

Possibly that's an area with some legacy issues.

I'll report this discussion and see if it leads to anything. Thanks for the description.

2:44 am on Apr 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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It's a bookmark - a very old bookmark. Probably the same one I set in 2002 when I joined the site.
4:04 am on Apr 7, 2018 (gmt 0)

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bookmark - a very old bookmark

Then keyplyr's answer is more or less what you need to know. The thread that not2easy cites reports a similar problem, and maybe there's more than one source of bad links, so our further discussion may or may not be helpful.

3:44 pm on Apr 10, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the heads up.

Sometimes we keep pages to avoid problems of broken links, or legacy bookmarks.

Without investigation, I can't tell if we still need that page.

It's noted.
 

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