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I found a minor bug in StackOverflow. If you are not logged into Stack Overflow and are viewing tagged questions, the url is as follows: /questions/tagged/c%23

When you then login into StackOverflow, and are redirected to the url previously visited, the url now is: /questions/tagged/c#

The questions you now are looking at are ones tagged with and not .
I guess this is because when you are redirected it treats %23 as # instead of using the actual %23 characters.

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This is the correct place for placing bugs. – George Duckett Feb 25 '13 at 8:45
@GeorgeDuckett Ok thanks (: – Rhexis Feb 25 '13 at 10:12

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I've done a little bit of research on it:

When you click [login] you're redirected here:


That should actually be:


In other words, the %23 is not encoded again when used in the redirect location.

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Yes, you are right: it is. The problem is that IIS and ASP.NET (in combination) make a bit of a mess of URLs if they are slightly non-trivial. There are even some pathological edge-cases where two very different urls inbound come back with the same .Url if you look at it inside ASP.NET; go figure. For example, /x%3Fa%3Db vs /x?a=b. Even though it gets routed correctly, both of these end up with the url saying /x?a=b.

It has annoyed me a few times, too, when browsing the tag only to end up back on .

The good news is: I've found some tricks that allow me to do this properly - will be deployed next build. It definitely needed fixing - it was bad enough for , but for anything international it was positively bejiggered. Thanks for giving me a nudge to fix it.

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Can you share those tricks? – CodesInChaos Feb 27 '13 at 16:21
@CodesInChaos sure, there's nothing inherently company-specific or similar in there; how's this: stackoverflow.com/questions/15117342/… – Marc Gravell Feb 27 '13 at 16:23
Looks like it has returned? – Shadow Wizard Oct 26 '13 at 17:35

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