If you start out from a completely vanilla state (i.e. an incognito browser session) and navigate to this url:


And then you log in (I'm using Gmail with 2-step authorization, if relevant), you are eventually redirected to this url:


Notice how the escaped hash %23 has been decoded into an actual hash, #. Since this is a special character, obviously, the effective URL is actually:


In other words, I went from looking at questions to looking at questions. My life is not ruined, and I am able to carry on, but thought it worth mentioning.

  • @AakashM, ah, indeed! And there's a circa 2010 question linked to from that question as well. Clearly not a high priority bug to fix. ;) – Kirk Woll Feb 15 '13 at 15:42

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