Originally Posted by chrishirst
And why is a search engine "more important"?
It all depends on your point of view. You visit someone else's web site, you want your browser redirected to where the information is -- that's more important than what a search engine does.
You own the web site, you not only want to see this visitor get to where the information is, you want the search engine driving people to that part of your web site that contains the requested information.
I guess I was drivin' at the fact that you gain by properly using 301 redirects on your web site to satisfy both needs. You gave a good brief technical answer, I just expanded on it perhaps in a more layman set of terms.
Now if I can figure where my spell checker went and why this web site came up a blank page when I tried to reply to your post from my other computer, while it all works fine here, I'll be all set!