When I'm on, for example, the secure SO site, and then open the "StackExchange" drop-down, links to other SE sites include their "https" equivalent as well, which is expected. (If I'm on the the regular http site, then the links are all http.)

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But links to questions via the "Inbox" and "Achievements" drop-downs lead back to the insecure, http equivalent, even when I'm on a secure page.

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Can those links be generated in such a way that we're kept on the secure version of the site?

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    We don't support HTTPS yet. This is not a bug. We never link you to anything https:// outside the login page, anywhere. Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 13:13
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    They are not https:// ...look at the source, they are simply // which means "whatever the page is using" (google protocol or scheme-relative URLs for details). We're getting things ready, but there are still many, many things to deploy to get there. It's not simple with user-submitted content, a lot more pre-reqs have come up since that original blog post. Commented Jan 24, 2014 at 14:01
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    @NickCraver How's this coming along? It's been nearly two years - I just noticed the same thing happening - and having just checked the source, it seems that they are now coded to use just http:// rather than // (at least the inbox notifications are, the links to other sites are still //). Commented Nov 9, 2015 at 16:19
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    @James 6-8 years Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 18:31

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When I asked this, the answer was that https wasn't supported yet.

Stack Overflow has finally done it! (thank you)

As of today, Stack Overflow now deploys HTTPS by default on StackOverflow.com — as well as the hundreds of Q&A communities that make up our Stack Exchange network. We now redirect all traffic to https://, and Google links will change over the next few weeks.

Full (really, really full) details from Nick Craver:

HTTPS on Stack Overflow: The End of a Long Road

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