I tried to mod-migrate a question from meta.sf to here but I encountered an issue where I can't select meta.stackexchange.com as a target.

If I select any "normal" site like "stackoverflow", "super [user]" etc., everything works as expected, but when entering "meta.stacke", I end up with a partial list of all sites starting with numbers or the letter A, but without the SE Meta in the list.

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I've tried this with Firefox on macOS Sierra and Ubuntu 16.04 and Chrome on macOS.

  • Looks like most of the meta sites are missing off that list, not just MSE
    – ChrisF Mod
    Mar 18, 2017 at 19:33
  • @ChrisF: It appears to only include sites starting with the letter A and numbers (3D printing being the only one).
    – Sven
    Mar 18, 2017 at 19:34
  • I guess this is something to do with the recent HTTPS carnival. Mar 18, 2017 at 19:37
  • For me, Meta Stack Exchange comes up if I start entering "Meta S" in the field (on Mathematics main and meta). Is it a picky input format or doesn't that work either on meta.sf? Mar 18, 2017 at 19:42
  • @DanielFischer: Thanks, that worked for me. But still, I believe this used to work like I tried it, but since this migration direction is so rare on Server Fault, I am not really sure about it.
    – Sven
    Mar 18, 2017 at 19:46
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    Could be due to the change from meta.<sitename>.szackexchange.com to <sitename>.meta.stackexchange.com. Thus the URL-part meta.stackexchange.com now matches a boatload of sites, too many for the popup to display, while before it only matched this one. Mar 18, 2017 at 19:50
  • Adding [ssl] because I suspect this has to do with the HTTPS migration
    – ArtOfCode
    Mar 18, 2017 at 19:59
  • @DanielFischer - I tried both "meta Stack..." and "Stack..." and got he same results as Sven, I also managed to get an "undefined" as a single entry in the dropdown.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Mar 18, 2017 at 21:13
  • @ChrisF You should have migrated to "undefined", for science. I'd be curious what error that pops up. Mar 18, 2017 at 23:02
  • Tried following your steps, can't reproduce.
    – Oded
    Mar 22, 2017 at 14:16
  • @Oded: Hmmh. Tried again on more browsers, Safari on macOS Sierra, Firefox, IE and Edge on Win10, all with the same result.
    – Sven
    Mar 22, 2017 at 14:57
  • I'll try again - did you check the developer tools for errors?
    – Oded
    Mar 22, 2017 at 15:07
  • Tested with 4 different browsers - getting the correct results :/
    – Oded
    Mar 22, 2017 at 15:13
  • I see what I did different - I searched for the site name - "meta stack" - no . - I don't think domain search ever worked here.
    – Oded
    Mar 22, 2017 at 15:17
  • @Oded: Try to migrate to apple.st as an example, it will show "Ask Different", so it works for other sites. I believe that Daniel's explanation is spot on. In the end, it's not really serious anyway, as there is a working way to do this migration.
    – Sven
    Mar 22, 2017 at 15:28

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We recently moved all child-meta domains to a <sitename>.meta.stackexchange.com to help with our move to HTTPS.

This does mean that when you search for meta.stackexchange.com, all child metas are returned - as their URLs contain that fragment. The autocomplete only populates the top 10 results, which doesn't include Meta Stack Exchange.

I don't see how we can fix this, given that the autocomplete should not return exact matches.

The work around is to drop the dot - searching for meta stack will give you far fewer results, including Meta Stack Exchange.

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