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Over the past few days, a particular user have been submitting a lot of suggested edits (both on the main site and Meta) that changes all SE links in the post from http to https - example here.

While I agree that such edits are generally beneficial security-wise, I recall that when the shift to https happened, the site automatically did most of the modifications, and thus I think such type of changes should be left for the site management system, rather than being a chance to accumulate edit count and rake in renown.

What's your opinion on this?

P.S. I personally still approved all such edits to this date.

  • As the other approver on that (and probably other) suggested edits i'm interested in the 'answer' to this too. I think the edits were correct and valid so approved too. IMO as long as it's not lots of single http -> https link edits then they're fine. – bmdixon Aug 29 '17 at 16:27
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    As for "leave it to the system": AFAIK that was a one-time task and won't be repeated. Furthermore, there's HSTS configured, so even clicking a http:// link will end up on the https:// counterpart – which means, strictly speaking, such edits are not really necessary (though they don't hurt either – except from, maybe, flooding our front-page). I don't really object to such edits as long as the amount stays reasonable, though. – Izzy Aug 29 '17 at 16:30
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Edits to posts are completely unnecessary. As you suspect, the site updated those links automatically when the switchover occurred.

The edits you've been seeing lately are to tag wikis. The request was already made on the global meta to automatically update these to HTTPS, so this will probably happen at some point.

As people have already been warned on that question not to waste reviewers' time by suggesting edits on tag wikis (when they don't have enough rep to do it unilaterally), it's perfectly OK for you to reject those suggested edits to discourage that behaviour.

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    Yeah, I was actually rejecting such edits because of the same reason but than today I observed that I was the only rejecting them, so I kind of stepped back from reviewing edits and wondered whether I reviewed them wrongly? – Firelord Aug 29 '17 at 18:10
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    @Firelord I actually started to rethink my own decision after I saw you rejecting the edits - that's the motive behind this question. – Andy Yan Aug 30 '17 at 0:34
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I was the user doing the job. As I heard from this meta post, I stopped the activity on the spot.

As a precaution, I stopped it also on other sites, where it didn't cause any negative feedbacks, and the edit suggestions were quickly accepted.

A more recent comment in the related MSE post, from an SE insider, indicates that an automatized solution from the SE to the problem likely won't happen in the foreseeable future. It has a technical reason: the fixup, what they used, use their internal elastic search engine, which doesn't index the tag wikis. Thus, the suspection that it could be done easily by improving their http -> https conversion script, is unfortunately false.

I collected the tags containing internal http links with this, since then a little bit improved SEDE query.

On the Android SE, there are around 110 tag wikis back. On most other sites, particularly on smaller betas, I could finish the task in a single rush.

A user, without tag wiki edit privilege, can have at most 5 edit suggestions coincidently (20 on betas). Over it, the "edit" link doesn't appear in the tag wiki pages any more. The "Submit" clicks on the already edited tag wikis fail with an error message. In my opinion, this flow control should be enough to defend the review queue from an overload, but I accept the community consent.

Anybody having the tag wiki edit privilege could finish the job without loading the review queue. You can get the list of the tag wikis to fix by the refered SEDE query. This is not really the funniest task working with computers, but the data to process is really not too big. And once it has to be done.

I am sorry for the trouble - hopefully I will be more productive for you in the near future, with real, positively scored, main site posts. :-)

P.s. the small count of the problematic tags avoids to get any significant rep/badges with the edits. Beside that, I edited not only the main, but also on the meta sites.

  • Oh, I see you on Meta. – iBug Sep 1 '17 at 22:15

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