Helpful URL editing/replacing/correcting/substitution

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    Something is remapping my pages. I used tio have a page called example.com/prefix/ABC/topic and a page called example.com/prefix/XYZ/topic. I deleted example.com/prefix/ABC and everything under it, so example.com/prefix/ABC/topic should now be returning 404. But when I access example.com/prefix/ABC/topic by entering it into the address bar of my browser (Firefox 3.6) I do not get a 404. Instead I get example.com/prefix/XYZ/topic.

    It appears that some excessively helpful service is noticing the 404, finding an alternate URL with the same leaf name (in this case “topic”) and redirecting to the “corrected” URL.

    I am pretty sure that the issue is not a browser issue because Google denies requests to remove the example.com/prefix/ABC/topic URL from their cache because it does not generate a 404 when the GoogleBot tries to access it. And when I send the GoogleBot directly at the target URL example.com/prefix/ABC/topic it happily reports success at fetching prefix/XYZ/topic/. So I think the wordpress server is giving the extra help. I speculate that a hyperactive spelling corrector is the cause.

    How can I tell it to stop helping?

    The blog I need help with is tactilerevolution.wordpress.com.

    #537651

    timethief
    Member

    I’m sorry but I cannot help with this. Have you contacted Staff?
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    #537661

    airodyssey
    Member

    Hi. This might be the answer, but if you want to confirm, feel free to contact staff like timethief said:
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/blogger-to-wp-with-301-redirect?replies=7#post-513727

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