OK, this is weird.
I've set up a fresh install of Drupal 5.0. Currently it isn't running anything other than the default modules that come with the package.
I've been going through the rather laborious process of moving all of my posts from my old site (which had been running WordPress) into Drupal. I've been doing this by exporting my wordpress posts as text and then cutting and pasting them into the story module one by one. Wheee.
Out of some 30 or so articles, two of them generated 404 errors when I tried to publish them -- the others had no difficulties whatsoever. I decided to figure out exactly what was triggering the 404, so I took one of the posts and I entered just the title, category, and time stamp, putting the words "placeholder text" in the body.
I then began to edit the document, slowly replacing the placeholder text with text from the actual article... two paragraphs at a time.
The first few cut & paste's worked just fine. Six paragraphs in, however, I received a 404. This was the text I was trying to post:
This quote is offered as an explanation as to why the laptop isn't powerful enough to play the latest and greatest games available on the market today, and it makes me want to bang my head against the wall until I lose consciousness, just to grant me a moment of sweet respite from the sheer silliness of the idea.
There aren't any strange codes in it. The only thing I can think of to explain it is that Drupal thought it was lousy writing and refused to publish it. :)
Then I decided to experiment. I took that text and inserted it into another article that had already been posted successfully. As soon as I did that and tried to update the article, I received a 404 message.
Basically, that snippet of text spells certain death for any article I try to place it in -- inserting that text creates a 404 error on my site... and I have no idea why.
Can anyone guide me through this?