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I came here for a different reason, but was welcomed with an error as follows.

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  • $\begingroup$ And you accepted the risk and continued?! How courageous you are to risk your computer x)! I'm not sure, but I believe the certificate content could help understand what's wrong. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 9, 2022 at 13:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Tortliena I reviewed the domains listed in the bad certificate and concluded that it's an error on SE's admins side, misconfigured certificates. But the certificates are SE's. This led me to deciding that it was an acceptable risk. $\endgroup$
    – jaskij
    Commented Aug 9, 2022 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ I was joking :) ; If the link shares a believable, well-constructed structure, and comes from an already trusted site, the risk is quite low. Certificates are more useful when shopping, because getting hacked while paying cost a lot more than just an account or computer. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 9, 2022 at 14:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Tortliena that's the issue with joking online - sometimes people miss it :/ That said, I'm not sure how to upload the certificate content here - I know how to view it, but it's several pages, each over a screen long. $\endgroup$
    – jaskij
    Commented Aug 9, 2022 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Shouldn't this be addressed to SE itself? I doubt there's anything we mere pawns of SE's greed can do about this issue! $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Commented Aug 9, 2022 at 17:38
  • $\begingroup$ @elemtilas do you think it would be better served by posting directly to meta.SE? $\endgroup$
    – jaskij
    Commented Aug 9, 2022 at 18:27
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, that's exactly what I suggested! No one here in this forum, that I'm aware of, is a SE employee with the ability (authority & access to the underlying mechanism) to fix this kind of problem. $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 2:00
  • $\begingroup$ The certificate is valid for *.meta.stackexchange.com (third line, last domain name), which very obviously includes worldbuilding.meta.stackexchange.com. The problem is that you typed (probably by hand) meta.worldbuilding instead of the canonical worldbuilding.meta. (Yes, the admins should make sure that m.w.s.com does not resolve, but that is secondary -- all the clicable links provide the correct URL.) $\endgroup$
    – AlexP
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 10:20
  • $\begingroup$ @AlexP SE's general UX is such that, whichever site I find myself on, I have trouble finding a link to meta. So I often type it by hand. I was not even aware that meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com is not the canonical address. $\endgroup$
    – jaskij
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 13:49
  • $\begingroup$ Click on the "speech bubble" in the top-right on the top bar (that which includes the search box). A menu with all the Stack Exchange sites will drop down. The top two are the current site and its meta. $\endgroup$
    – AlexP
    Commented Aug 10, 2022 at 18:25

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  1. This Stack and its meta site are but one of a galaxy of Stacks in the Stack Exchange network. Questions and issues about the network (security certificates are a network problem) belong on Meta.StackExchange.com, not here. Trust me, nobody who can do anything about that haunts these halls.

  2. While we all wish computers were perfect and got things done in the correct order all the time, they aren't and don't. Security certificates expire. I didn't see that error when I logged on to answer your question, so it's obviously been resolved.

  3. The world will not come to an end because a site you frequent and trust has a disruption with their security certificate. In fact, the site is still quite well protected. You're simply being warned that the certificate itself has become questionable — just in case it matters. An expired certificate does not mean the site is suddenly vulnerable to viruses or other forms of attack. There be no zombies here.

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