Heck, we're not even the first hit on a search on "case". We are the #2 hit listed as "http://www.cwru.edu" ← oh the irony of running a web server on WWW that can't do simple
You may think that I am just being nit-picky because I have to be the most demanding user in the world, but it's actually a pretty big deal. Search results and the ability to find information is a key ingredient of information architecture success.
Well, I have good news. I got an email last Friday from the Webmaster of WWW:
Just wanted to let you know that I put in a redirect on the Case webserver. Any requests for *.cwru.edu result in a 301 redirect to *.case.edu.
Woohoo! Our search results will finally gain some sanity. Below, I've taken screenshots exemplifying some of the stupidity of our current search results. Over the coming week, the search bots that index our site will take into account the
301s, and a search over the
www.cwru.edu domain will return the exact same hits as a search over the
www.case.edu domain. In addition, the entire existence of a machine called
www.cwru.edu will disappear and will never again appear as a result of a search.