Ais closed as duplicate of
- user raises a flag on
Ato request it gets merged into
- flag is declined because some variation on "loosing a good signpost"
I know the URL of a merged question should redirect to the merge destination. Just like duplicates (in certain cases). So far so good.
However declining the request to merge is based on the assumption that merged questions stop being indexed by search engines. That certainly isn't the case for duplicates.
I wasn't able to find any confirmation of this theory anywhere, nor I have a solid empirical proof.
Is it true that, for all intents and purposes, merging looses the signpost by making it non indexable?