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.

Sounds good to me. Are you offering to write it up? – John Conde Apr 10 '13 at 13:57
Yep, will action later – Simon Hayter Apr 10 '13 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! ;( – Simon Hayter Apr 10 '13 at 14:01
Hmm, if I answer my own question does it automatically accept? something new and haven't done before... – Simon Hayter Apr 12 '13 at 18:29
It doesn't automatically accept. You would still need to do that manually if you wanted to. – John Conde Apr 12 '13 at 18:31

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. – Simon Hayter Apr 18 '13 at 20:31
@bybe Duplicates are inevitable. No matter what you try. Some users just don’t search. – toscho Apr 18 '13 at 20:37
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 '13 at 6:38

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