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ISFDB, the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, is used in a lot of answers on this stack. It was notorious for not facilitating https. That has now been fixed, if I interpret this related FAQ correctly.

Ideally, we would now like all links to the ISFDB to use https instead of http as well. But there are a lot of links. A lot of links.

Could this be handled by updating the db directly, as has been done in the past for similar situations?

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  • Out of curiosity, is the second link intended to point to the "problems logging in" question in that FAQ? Or is it meant to point to the question "Why do browsers say that the connection to ISFDB is not secure or that a Web page has "mixed content"?" (or to some other announcement)?
    – V2Blast
    Dec 5, 2022 at 16:33
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    @V2Blast one assumes it is correct as that FAQ link shows that the site now uses HTTPS.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Dec 5, 2022 at 17:20
  • Someone could just write a bot to edit questions with their credentials, right? Unless there is some heavy-duty rate limiting going on, I think it should not be too difficult.
    – Adamant
    Dec 5, 2022 at 17:31
  • @Adamant or the Devs could make a single DB migration, which they've done before. Seems much simple.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Dec 5, 2022 at 17:37
  • But not nearly as fun.
    – Adamant
    Dec 5, 2022 at 17:38
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    @Adamant defiantly or indifferently we definitely define fun differently.
    – AncientSwordRage Mod
    Dec 5, 2022 at 18:22
  • I can't seem to get access to their 'advanced search', even with a login.
    – Valorum
    Dec 5, 2022 at 19:14
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    @V2Blast yes, to "problems logging in" as that details the date of the change.
    – SQB
    Dec 5, 2022 at 21:37

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Thanks for flagging this. All of these links have now been updated.

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    Ehr... I still see questions with http links to the ISFDB. Do I need to wait for the update to reach all corners of the stack?
    – SQB
    Jan 30, 2023 at 15:13
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    @SQB Can you share the example? Maybe it still processing or something, I will check with our devs again.
    – SpencerG StaffMod
    Jan 30, 2023 at 15:20
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    One, two, three.
    – SQB
    Jan 30, 2023 at 15:29
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    Talked about this in chat with a mod. It seems as if inline links have been converted, while end-of-post lists if links haven't.
    – SQB
    Jan 31, 2023 at 10:20
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    That's not super useful then because the automated editing tool creates end-of-post links. And a fair number of users who hand-code their links also use end-of-post links because it's cleaner.
    – DavidW
    Jan 31, 2023 at 15:24
  • @SQB I am checking with our dev team. Will follow up when I hear something back.
    – SpencerG StaffMod
    Feb 1, 2023 at 13:26
  • @SQB Alright, it should be good now. I double-checked, and they all appear to have been updated.
    – SpencerG StaffMod
    Feb 1, 2023 at 15:40
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    @SpencerG Awesome, thank you and the team!
    – SQB
    Feb 1, 2023 at 15:56

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