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Stack Exchange owns various domains that were used for various contests mini-sites across the network.

However, there doesn't seem to be a uniform way in which SE handles their domains. Examples below.


Some of these domains currently redirect to their respective contest sites, though almost all the redirects are broken. The SSL errors are probably broken by SE's switch to HTTPS.

Some of these domains were not renewed and no longer owned by SE (!!!)

Some domains don't seem to have been used before but are randomly redirected to the contest main page (which is perfectly alright but I'd just want to point out).


Of course, this list isn't exhaustive and I've missed out some.

So,

  • How does SE manage these special one-time-use event domains?
  • Can the broken redirects be pointed to the correct sites?
  • How does SE decide which of these domains to renew? Did SE purposefully let the expired domains lapse or ...?

* Also related: Previous year's winter bash pages are not redirecting to the proper site.

  • I wonder if ssl certs would be one of the issues for these sites. The move from meta.foo.stackexchange to foo.meta.stackexchange was cause it was easier to manager the certs. – Journeyman Geek Jan 2 at 14:02

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