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In 2017, all child Meta sites moved from meta.*.stackexchange.com to *.meta.stackexchange.com. According to Network-wide HTTPS: It's time there is an automatic redirection:

We've redirected all child meta traffic from meta.*.stackexchange.com to *.meta.stackexchange.com, and are now forcing HTTPS.

This does currently not work. That is a problem because many posts on the Meta sites still refer to other Meta post using the old meta.*.stackexchange.com scheme.

As an example, List of comment templates on Mathematics Meta contains 17 meta.math links, as in this answer:

Please do not use titles consisting only of math expressions; these are discouraged for technical reasons -- see meta.

Please do not use titles consisting only of math expressions; these are discouraged for technical reasons -- see Guidelines for good use of $\LaTeX$ in question titles.

A search for "meta.math.stackexchange.com" URLs reveals many more. All these links do not work for me.

With Chrome 117 on macOS 13.6 Ventura there is an error message

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and similar security errors occur with Firefox and Safari.

A similar problem with the reachability of Meta sites was reported recently in Stack Exchange Meta Sites are down, but that has been fixed in the meantime. So this seems to be a slightly different problem. But perhaps it is also related to Stack Exchange network sites’ IP addresses may change in the coming weeks.

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    Well, they can't keep supporting something that is dead forever. The correct solution is running a job that will fix all the links across SE. They already did it few times e.g. changing all the links to be https:// instead of http:// and it went pretty well, without bumping. Sep 27, 2023 at 12:22
  • It was already suggested six year ago and like most bugs or feature requests, ignored. (By staff. +20/-0 is decent score.) Sep 27, 2023 at 12:23
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    @ShadowTheGPTWizard: According to meta.stackexchange.com/q/299086/196432, all http://meta.site.XXX (but not: https://meta.site.XXX) should redirect, and I am fairly sure that it worked until recently. That's why I reported it now. If the answer is “That's how it is, we have to fix the links” then I can live with that.
    – Martin R
    Sep 27, 2023 at 12:32
  • Well only a developer can say for sure, but if they really plan to keep the redirection live forever (except cases like this where it breaks when they make major changes and forget about it) then they should reject the request to fix the links. Sep 27, 2023 at 12:49
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    We noticed this recently and have been discussing it internally. We were focusing on addressing user access issues but I will check on the status of this discussion. I think one solution we had floated was to replace all of the old format URLs with the current one, which would make redirects unnecessary. At this point I hope users aren't still using the incorrect URLs. My understanding is that some variations of the redirects aren't possible (or require a lot of effort) and updating the links in bulk would likely be an easier solution.
    – Catija
    Sep 27, 2023 at 13:08

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This should be fixed now; HTTP redirects (from http://meta.*.stackexchange.com to https://*.meta.stackexchange.com) should now be working again.

In addition, HTTPS redirects (from https://meta.*.stackexchange.com to https://*.meta.stackexchange.com) now work too. While fixing HTTPS wasn’t the goal (and we've said in the past that it wasn't worth fixing), a change in our internal architecture made it easy to fix, so we fixed it.

The list of sites with redirects is maintained manually. It only includes sites launched before the change in Meta URL formats mentioned in Network-wide HTTPS: It's time, since there shouldn't be any older-style links for sites launched after that point. (If we've missed any, please let us know; it's easy to add to the list.) Any future Stack Exchange sites will not have such redirects configured unless necessary, because newer sites shouldn’t have old, broken links.

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  • You might also want to change TLS for meta.*.stackexchange.com, again from declined to completed, like you did with the linked post. (It's a reconsideration request of the then-declined request you linked.) Oct 5, 2023 at 19:36
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog: Done.
    – V2Blast
    Oct 5, 2023 at 19:39
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    Also, the links are still broken for the older URLs of sites whose URLs were later changed. Some examples include meta.mathoverflow.stackexchange.com, meta.programmers.stackexchange.com, meta.ubuntu.stackexchange.com, and meta.cogsci.stackexchange.com. (That's an incomplete list.) Oct 5, 2023 at 19:46
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog: Ah, thanks. I'll follow up with the engineer working on this.
    – V2Blast
    Oct 5, 2023 at 19:48
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    @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog: Those URLs seem to properly redirect now, with the exception of meta.mathoverflow.stackexchange.com.
    – Martin R
    Oct 6, 2023 at 8:49
  • @SonictheAnonymousHedgehog and MartinR: It'll be a few more days before meta.mathoverflow.stackexchange.com and meta.programmers.stackexchange.com can be fixed. Are there any other such URLs that aren't redirecting properly now?
    – V2Blast
    Oct 10, 2023 at 20:01
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    @V2Blast There are quite a few cases where site URLs were changed, and I can't look for all of them now, but two more cases are meta.beer.stackexchange.com and meta.writers.stackexchange.com. Oct 10, 2023 at 20:14

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