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My understanding is specifically that wouldn't have helped, because all locations that didn't already have content would have shown the token -- the token being present in the 404 response.

What parent is saying is: ask to put STRING1 at path STRING2; this way, the server has no way of unintentionally show STRING1, as it is different from STRING2.

I should have been more clear but corecoder has it right the token in this case would be a different string/file than the location so you wouldn't run into the issue of some 404 pages including the token because the data godaddy would be looking for is completely unrelated to the url they're checking.

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