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Any https://chat.stackexchange.com URL redirects to https://area51.stackexchange.com.

This started a few minutes ago (as of this posting).

This occurs for all three chat servers (chat.stackoverflow, chat.stackexchange, and chat.meta.stackexchange)

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    How does this happen?
    – Ginger
    Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 21:43
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    Hey wait, this has happened before! Darn it, Haney!
    – Ginger
    Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 21:44
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    We're looking into it. apologies, y'all.
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 21:44
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    And before.
    – Mithical
    Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 21:46
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    Wouldn't it be funny if this was to do with the other meta post about a51 chat parents and a botched fix :p
    – lyxal
    Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 21:51
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    It's back now. We'll have someone write up what happened in a bit. :)
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 21:51
  • Related prior issue that occurred last week Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 21:54
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    Apparently some hours prior to this issue occurring, some authentication cookies were invalidated making it impossible for bots to post chat messages during that time. Commented Jan 17, 2023 at 22:10
  • this happened to me too; and also - each time I log in, I have to log in many times (3 or 4 times) to diff sites; idk if it's related but; Commented Jan 18, 2023 at 6:25
  • note I know the site was "down" or "read only" before, for some hour/s; idk maybe related as well oh btw; good luck to mods! no stress :) have a good day! Commented Jan 18, 2023 at 6:25
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    I slept through that - its more of a dev/SRE problem, than a mod problem :D Commented Jan 18, 2023 at 7:38

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To quote a friend:

I broke it. I just unbroke it. Sorry!
- Haney, 2017

Also, the reason for the weird redirect is we attempt to resolve retired site names during an OnActionExecuting hook that handles a catch and redirects back to Area 51.

i.e. https://windowsphone.stackexchange.com/https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/20757/windows-phone

But that handles too many thrown exceptions and kind of a silly way to re-route traffic. Still would've been broken anyway, but we'll shore this up to make it a little more obvious to the end user what's happening if errors arise.

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  • So whenever a site is retired, chat will break for few hours until dev manually change it? Commented Jan 19, 2023 at 8:23
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    So you're telling me that your fallback for having a site break is... redirecting to its Area 51 page???
    – Ginger
    Commented Jan 19, 2023 at 11:52
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    Oh, in case it's been retired :p
    – Ginger
    Commented Jan 19, 2023 at 11:54
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    @ShadowWizardChasingStars, no, the error was unrelated, just the way that error manifests as a redirect is the additional odd part that can be handled even better.
    – KyleMit StaffMod
    Commented Jan 19, 2023 at 13:26

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