It just came to me - I mainly use Google search to search on Meta (what can I say, Google does what it does really well).

Now I know Google caches most stuff, and obviously can't know about a site (or page) straight away when it pops up, unless told about it ... or perhaps if it finds a link somewhere.

So, is there someone on the SE team that knows enough on the topic to calm my doubts regarding Google Meta SE searches when this whole MSO/MSE split thing is over?

I know, or assume, I will now have to search with site:meta.stackexchange.com. But will the questions actually be properly indexed on meta.stackexchange.com by the time we start using it? Or will every current question on meta.stackoverflow.com be replaced by a redirect link to the meta.stackexchange.com question? Or something else?


Firstly, everything will be redirected, so having the old URLs on Google isn't too bad.

If 301 Moved Permanently redirects are used, Google will pick it up and realize the switch happened.

  • In theory, yes. But how do you actually know that SO will make 301 redirects from each entry they move? Apr 16 '14 at 22:40
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    @davidkonrad They did say that they're making redirects. It makes sense to use 301 redirects, and they're pretty smart. Apr 16 '14 at 22:41
  • If worst comes to worst, Google stops indexing the MSO 404 pages, and starts crawling MSE, which, given the number of pages, might take a while.
    – user206222
    Apr 16 '14 at 22:41
  • @Manishearth, I agree with the latter, but havent seen that redirect-promise. Can you share a link? They have promised to migrate, not to migrate the links, as I understand. Apr 16 '14 at 22:43
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    @davidkonrad meta.stackexchange.com/questions/228888/… Apr 16 '14 at 22:44
  • @davidkonrad This comment
    – Joe
    Apr 16 '14 at 22:45
  • @Manishearth, thank you - this seems to proof your assumption. And glad you are right. Apr 16 '14 at 22:46

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