I could not log in to Area 51 in Chrome 62 under Linux. After entering my credentials and authenticating to my OpenID provider (Stack Exchange), I was redirected back to https://area51.stackexchange.com/users/authenticate/?s=… and not logged in. (Full URL and error message omitted because it contains PII, available to staff in case there's something you can't find in your logs.)

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I was already logged in on other SE sites. This turned out to be due to HTTPS Everywhere: after I disabled the extension and visited http://area51.stackexchange.com/, I was logged in automatically. Once I was logged in, I turned HTTPS Everywhere back on and the site worked.

Given that HTTPS support on Area 51 is supposed to be complete, there shouldn't have been any HTTP request at any point, therefore this is a . It had been previously reported, but at the time HTTPS support was not officially supported so it wasn't a bug.

  • They don't officially support HTTPS Everywhere though.
    – Laurel
    Dec 1, 2017 at 19:55
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    @Laurel that's pre https migration (meta.stackexchange.com/questions/292058/…)
    – Helmar
    Dec 1, 2017 at 19:57
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    @Laurel That answer is from before there was official HTTPS support (let alone HTTPS Everywhere). Now, HTTPS is supposed to be fully supported. Since I accessed area51.stackexchange.com, no HTTP request should have been made at all, so HE shouldn't have kicked in. Dec 1, 2017 at 19:58
  • Can reproduce. Was about to post a duplicate question but thought to search first. :-)
    – wizzwizz4
    Dec 31, 2017 at 11:21
  • Reproduced (firefox 59.0.1 with HTTPS Everywhere). This is supposed to be after the HTTPS migration too
    – Zoe
    Apr 24, 2018 at 18:31

1 Answer 1


We changed the way Area51 login works a few months ago to route through meta.stackexchange.com as part of several steps to unify our login system. As a result of that, this is now fixed. We'll be enforcing HTTPS on Area 51 shortly as well.

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