Constantly we are having questions such as how can I redirect old sub folder to a new folder, or how can I redirect one folder to another. The only difference between these are the folder names that the poster is asking about i.e /old-shop/ to /new-shop or /wordpress/ to /joomla/.

My suggestion is that could we not have a catch all for commonly asked redirects for such situations, of course its impossible to have a catchall for all situations and this is by far not what I'm asking for.. As I feel that complex ones with removal of strings and so forth merit the question being posted. So my suggestion/question is for the most basic and common redirects using htaccess.

Question has been added here: What are the most commonly used and basic Apache htaccess redirects?. Will add some typical answers shortly.

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    Sounds good to me. Are you offering to write it up?
    – John Conde Mod
    Apr 10, 2013 at 13:57
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    Yep, will action later Apr 10, 2013 at 13:59
  • Just need to pop to the damn library as my printer went Kaboom! and HP gonna take 21 days to post out a new one! ;( Apr 10, 2013 at 14:01
  • Hmm, if I answer my own question does it automatically accept? something new and haven't done before... Apr 12, 2013 at 18:29
  • It doesn't automatically accept. You would still need to do that manually if you wanted to.
    – John Conde Mod
    Apr 12, 2013 at 18:31

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There is a drawback: you cannot close other questions as duplicates of a catch-all question. Should the asker scroll through a long list of answers not relevant for his problem?

We had a similar topic on WordPress Stack Exchange. It was a desaster.

Very popular for some visitors, but completely useless as a dupe target.

My suggestion: Write one canonical answer for each problem (hotlinking, redirect to subdomain etc.) on separate questions. This will work better for moderators and askers.

  • Sadly your still get duplicates either doesn't stop it. Apr 18, 2013 at 20:31
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    @bybe Duplicates are inevitable. No matter what you try. Some users just don’t search.
    – fuxia
    Apr 18, 2013 at 20:37
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    Compromise: Perhaps "we" could generate separate Q/A pairs for each issue and use the existing catch-all answer to link out to individual Q/A pairs? (... and by "we" I mean bybe - won't count for rep as community wiki Q/A's but will still count toward your badges as others find them useful)
    – danlefree
    Apr 23, 2013 at 6:38

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