I tried to follow a comment link from the Inbox into the question on the iOS app. A message popped up saying Page Not Found but that the link could be opened in Chrome; presumably the OP deleted it. However the link it tried to open when clicked was https://posts/comments/69702622...

Similar behaviour occurs when I try to click through a link to a deleted post from another post or comment; e.g. following the link in this comment then clicking Open in Chrome takes me to https://q/41223344.

This only happens with Chrome, switching my preferred browser to Safari works just fine.

  • App Version:
  • Device: iPhone 6s
  • OS Version: Version 10.1.1 (Build 14B100)
  • @Cai yes, I clicked a reply in the inbox within the app. I can recreate with any of the comments from stackoverflow.com/q/41250491/3001761. Inbox -> comment on deleted question -> page not found -> broken link in Chrome.
    – jonrsharpe
    Dec 20, 2016 at 21:46
  • @Cai that was the original, but I just recreated with a link to a deleted question from a comment. I've edited accordingly.
    – jonrsharpe
    Dec 20, 2016 at 21:51
  • Very strange, seems the issue is only with Chrome. You get the correct link if you set your preferred browser to and open with Safari.
    – Cai
    Dec 20, 2016 at 21:56
  • Looks like it's any link to a deleted Q too, nothing specific to comments (type the URL of a deleted Q in search to test)
    – Cai
    Dec 20, 2016 at 21:58
  • @Cai so it does! Weird.
    – jonrsharpe
    Dec 20, 2016 at 21:58

1 Answer 1


This will be fixed in 1.6.3, shipping in January.

When opening the deleted question in the browser, the link is passed as "/q/41223344" relative to "https://stackoverflow.com". To open the link in Chrome, I convert the NSURL to NSURLComponents, update the scheme to point to the Chrome app get the resulting URL. Unfortunately, I was telling it do discard the base URL so the resulting URL was "googlechromes://q/41223344".

Just had to change a NO to a YES.

  • "No. No, the other no!" Sounds good, will accept when it ships.
    – jonrsharpe
    Dec 22, 2016 at 18:05
  • Or, to put it another simpler way, you didn't test it before shipping it.
    – Bohemian
    Jan 17, 2017 at 6:37

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