Area 51 gave me this:

urrm, what?

which is weird, since I got there by navigating to a user's profile (which was also "unsafe"), then edited the url (to the one in the above image).

some info that might be useful:

freehand circle says it all

does the freehand circle say it all?

Ok, so the problem is different

The problem is that from the chats, links to profiles on a51's Meta are still to discussion.area51.stackexchange.com (or whatever the link is).

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    The URL changed to: https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/. Curious, from which page/place you are getting the https://discuss.area51.stackexchange.com URL?
    – Arulkumar
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 17:07
  • @Arulkumar oh. good to know. when did that happen? if so, then I think I know the problem...
    – ItamarG3
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 17:09
  • @ItamarG3 meta.stackexchange.com/questions/292058/…
    – rene
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 17:10
  • thanks, @rene... I changed the question...
    – ItamarG3
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 17:13
  • Always wear protection when visiting Area51.
    – Jason C
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 17:21
  • The reason of the cert failure is that the certificate has to be registered ($$$) whose cost increases by the count of the certified domains. Furthermore, the SE has many sites, and the domain list field in the certs is limited (although they could use multiple certs, but it would cost yet more $$$ for them, and poor ie6 users from winxp would still get the warnings). If you go to the old address of the discuss.a51, your browser will get a redirect to your new one. This redirect request can't happen on a properly certified channel, this is why you got this warning.
    – peterh
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 18:49
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    @peterh there is HTTPS all over SE by now (except in chat). There is https support for Area51 and its meta aka discussion zone. The URL just changed, and they forgot to change the link to point to it. It's a minor bug, probably nobody on SE saw the bug reports yet. They might see them in 6-8 weeks, or not. Until then, people can manually put the correct URL and be safe. Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 21:47
  • @ShadowWizard 6-8 weeks seems a reasonable amount.
    – ItamarG3
    Commented Jul 20, 2017 at 10:46
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard 6 to 8 weeks seems "reasonable", and proved to be "optimistic" since, as of 2018-01-08, it still is a problem.
    – user351780
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 3:23
  • @GypsySpellweaver true. Make it 6-8 years.... but more likely it will never be fixed as SE does not care about Area 51 enough to even look at its bugs, at this point. Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 23:31
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard Maybe the little green men can adjust it for us. :) They did, however, get A51 into the HTTPS push, finally. And that ends up causing the problem we now see. One step forward, two steps back..... Devs must hate to look at A51 code.
    – user351780
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 23:33
  • @Gypsy well, whatever Nick did to add that ssl to Area 51 most likely did not involve any code change. He left that for other developers, who probably don't exist. :/ Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 23:38
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard Which reminds me of the comment he put in SE source (something with "It's left as an exercise for the reader..."). Can't find it now.
    – ItamarG3
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 6:19
  • @ItamarG3 think Adam said that, not Nick. :/ Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 9:34
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard oh. I was looking for the picture. Can't remember to what it was related...
    – ItamarG3
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 9:47


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