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onehundredandtwo
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HTTP Messages

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I remember someone else mentioning this some time ago, but I would like to mention it here, since it seems appropiate mentioning it here. At the moment, phpBB will always send HTTP/1.1 200 OK, even if a 404, 503, 401 or 500 would be more appropiate. These errors are important for bots as well as user-agents to understand the request and what to do with it.

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Errors such as [i]The selected forum does not exist[/i] and [i]The selected topic does not exist[/i] should send a 404 Not Found error.

If the board is disabled, all phpBB related pages should send a 503 Service Unavailable error.

If the user tries to access a forum he/she is not allowed to access (eg. incorrect password, incorrect permissions) then a 401 Unauthorized error should be sent.

If phpBB gets a E_USER_ERROR then phpBB should send a 500 Internal Server Error.
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Sounds very reasonable. Maybe you can add it on the wiki to the phpBB4 section somewhere?

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Not so sure if this is an issue anymore, but please keep in mind: http://www.phpbb.com/bugs/phpbb3/34945#post158995

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bantu wrote:Not so sure if this is an issue anymore, but please keep in mind: http://www.phpbb.com/bugs/phpbb3/34945#post158995
I will do some more research on that, however I don't believe this applies to 500 Internal Server Error and 503 Service Unavailable, since these often apply to the entire board.
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I've looked all over the internet and I've asked at the Google Webmaster Forum, and apparently using 404 errors on dymanic URLs is fine. I might try testing on a site to see what happens, but from what I can see there isn't really a problem.
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bantu wrote:Not so sure if this is an issue anymore, but please keep in mind: http://www.phpbb.com/bugs/phpbb3/34945#post158995
The RFC's would be the place to consult.
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Post by Desdenova »

Probably should throw a 401 on unauthorized ACP access as well, I'd guess.

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