Why are all meta.sitenamehere.stackexchange.com sites HTTP-only?

For example, https://unix.stackexchange.com/ supports HTTPS, but its meta site https://unix.meta.stackexchange.com/ does not support HTTPS. Placing HTTPS into the URL just redirects you to the HTTP version.

This does not affect StackExchange sites with their own domains, however. https://askubuntu.com/ supports HTTPS, and its meta site https://meta.askubuntu.com/ also supports HTTPS, unlike the meta site on a stackexchange.com subdomain like Unix SE.

  • This is mostly the same problem as the duplicate though I'm mostly asking about the fact that it is this way rather than reporting an error message. Dec 15, 2016 at 6:30
  • Why? Because implementing HTTPS support across all the meta sites is very complicated, and Stack Exchange is still in the process of doing that. It's mentioned in Nick's blog post: "meta.*.stackexchange.com? Damn. Can’t do that. You can’t have a wildcard of that form - at least not one supported by most major browsers, which means effectively it’s not an option" Dec 15, 2016 at 6:53


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