I've been using Stack Exchange (specifically Stack Overflow) on HTTPS for a while now. You should too.

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  • Make the share link produce HTTPS every time.

    | User is browsing on | share link produces |`.
    |---------------------|---------------------| |
    | http://st...        | https://st...       | |
    | https://st...       | https://st...       | |
  • Have it on HTTP when browsing in HTTP and HTTPS when browsing with HTTPS.

    | User is browsing on | share link produces |`.
    |---------------------|---------------------| |
    | http://st...        | http://st...        | |
    | https://st...       | https://st...       | |

And while you're at it Make chat onebox HTTPS links and Please direct me to https through hot network questions if I am browsing securely


2 Answers 2


HTTPS is not supported officially yet, it works to some extent, but it also breaks in a lot of situations. Changing the shared link to a version that breaks often is a very bad idea, this change should be the last step in the move to SSL once everthing works fine.

  • My experience so far when browsing SE sites on HTTP is quite good. Though I think it owes in part to the HTTPS Everywhere extension I am using which as I see now is not HTTPSing some requests. My feature request isn't such a big deal, though I really hope of more news of improvements in HTTPS support. :-) Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 6:46
  • @MarkGarcia - from what I understand the biggest problem isn't technical, but logistical/financial. The current url scheme for child metas (http://meta.*.stackexchange.com) breaks the rules surrounding wildcards in security certificates so SE has to either buy 100's of security certificates or change the meta url. (Hint: It's going to be the latter - which is quite a logistical nightmare).
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 8:30
  • Stupid question, but what do we gain with using SSL all the time? I mean, I don't mind if people see the results of whatever I type into the text boxes here...
    – Mr Lister
    Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 9:47
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    @Mr Lister One of the things that gets sent in plain text is the cookie your browser's using to authenticate. You probably don't want people seeing that. See, e.g., en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firesheep . I also think someone like, say, a mod would really rather not have everything they do on a site be plain text, since it might include private information in responses. Commented Aug 18, 2014 at 12:07
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    Kind of shocked that SO isn't officially on SSL yet. I use HTTPS Everywhere and SO has worked perfectly (on HTTPS) for years.
    – mlissner
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 23:41
  • Surely, this should be fixed now, right? I've been editing share links to use https before I post them for a while now and never ran into any problems.
    – Cas
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 8:45

All Q&A sites are now HTTPS and all share links are rendering as HTTPS. Enjoy!

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