There are some minor technical issues with the off-topic close reasons, which should be trivial to fix.

Off topic close reasons

  1. All links are HTTP instead of HTTPS. This includes the migration option to meta.
  2. The link to meta from "scientific explanations" uses the old URL; meta.scifi should become scifi.meta.

The question of where to link is addressed in

Should the "lists of works" close reason be updated?

Apparently, the issue isn't as simple as I thought. And we need a dev. See:

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    As this bug presumably exists on every SE site which has custom off-topic close reasons, perhaps you should post this on Meta Stack Exchange to more quickly draw a dev's attention? (We the mods could change all the links manually, but I'd rather make as few as possible of these changes. We can't edit existing close reasons, so we'd need to deactivate them and create new ones, which would mess up the stats; also, it needs two mods, one to propose the 'new' close reason and one to approve it.)
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 10:59
  • @Randal'Thor Ah, okay, will do. I thought a mere edit was needed.
    – SQB
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 11:06
  • If only.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 11:08
  • Meh, they all get redirected to the right place.
    – Kevin
    Commented Jun 7, 2017 at 16:24

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It seems to have been fixed — mostly.

  1. All links are now either explicitly https or protocol-relative.
  2. The link to our policy on "scientific explanations" now points to https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/q/7364.
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    Argh. Most of the links have become https as you say, but the "help center" link in the generic off-topic close reason is still http.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 14:52
  • Seems to be status-completed now, @Randal'Thor.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 15, 2021 at 8:54

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