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A meta.SE bug came up which also applies to SOFU.

Any URL path ending in a dot produces a low-level server 404, rather than the usual SO 404, even when the dot is part of a string which is supposed to be ignored.

Shouldn't the URLs be sanitized before they are processed so that special characters are treated as literals?

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Related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/40131/… –  Helen Mar 29 '10 at 19:10
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I can't believe you rolled back my edit, @Downvoter. That was a very relevant question. –  mmyers Mar 29 '10 at 21:18
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It was already there in the question @mmy! –  jmfsg Mar 30 '10 at 0:07

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up vote 6 down vote accepted

I believe this is a bug deep, deep in the .NET framework. Seriously.

See:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2515959/how-to-create-a-uri-instance-parsed-with-genericuriparseroptions-dontcompresspath

and related connect item, System.Uri incorrectly strips trailing dots

https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/386695/system-uri-incorrectly-strips-trailing-dots?wa=wsignin1.0#tabs

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Are we inventing [status-framework-fault]? –  Tyler Carter Mar 30 '10 at 3:02
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[status-byframeworkdesign] –  Gnome Mar 30 '10 at 3:55

This bug has been fixed. Now:

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