Odd copy (Redirect 1) in page redirect explanation

RESOLVED FIXED

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Mozilla Developer Network
Editing
RESOLVED FIXED
5 years ago
4 years ago

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(Reporter: sheppy, Unassigned)

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Description

5 years ago
Created attachment 691404 [details]
The odd redirect link text

When I visit a page following its original link after using the page move feature, the link to the original page (which is now a redirect) is odd looking. See attachment for an example from stage.
In this case, Sheppy, what should the redirect say?  I just want to ensure we don't go back and forth on this.
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Comment 2

5 years ago
Just "Redirected from X". The "Redirect 1" thing at the end is confusing.
IIRC, we added the "Redirect N" to the title when/because the document titles all had to be unique.

Not sure if that's the case anymore.
In fact the problem here is that we don't want the page title displayed here:

Transitions
Redirected from Transitions 

is useless.

We want:
Transitions
Redirected from /en/docs/Transitions

and no ?redirect-* in the URL (we want a clean URL in this case)
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Comment 5

5 years ago
What teoli said.

Comment 6

5 years ago
If we have to add any text saying "Redirected from ...", then I think we should NOT make it a link. Just make it text on the page. A link invites you to click on it, and I don't know why an MDN user would want to do that.
Summary: Odd redirect link on subpages that have been moved → Odd copy (Redirect 1) in page redirect explanation
(In reply to Mark Giffin [:markg] from comment #6)
> If we have to add any text saying "Redirected from ...", then I think we
> should NOT make it a link. Just make it text on the page. A link invites you
> to click on it, and I don't know why an MDN user would want to do that.

Taking a look at fixing this bug. One thing that will probably come up as a follow up: If we no longer have the link in the redirect notice, then there is no easy way to get back to the original redirect page. That means there's no easy way to edit a page that's been changed into a redirect, which you might need to do if the redirect was a mistake.
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Comment 8

4 years ago
(In reply to Les Orchard [:lorchard] from comment #7)
> (In reply to Mark Giffin [:markg] from comment #6)
> > If we have to add any text saying "Redirected from ...", then I think we
> > should NOT make it a link. Just make it text on the page. A link invites you
> > to click on it, and I don't know why an MDN user would want to do that.
> 
> Taking a look at fixing this bug. One thing that will probably come up as a
> follow up: If we no longer have the link in the redirect notice, then there
> is no easy way to get back to the original redirect page. That means there's
> no easy way to edit a page that's been changed into a redirect, which you
> might need to do if the redirect was a mistake.

I believe we do want to have a link to the redirect page, but the text should simply be "Redirected from /old/slug/here". The text should be small and unobtrusive, since the only people who care are people specifically looking to fix a redirect issue.

The main problem with the current situation is the additional "(Redirect X)" text, which doesn't make any sense to even advanced users (to this day, I have no clue what it means).
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 4 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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