Today I logged in AskUbuntu to find that my profile page is missing. To visit my profile page I clicked on my small avatar in top bar to see it is not found (Please see screen shot below)enter image description here

It is because I broke some rule on AskUbuntu? which I highly doubt, because I have been inactive on this website for a month or so, in this case I believe I should have received a message from any moderator which I didn't. OR Is it anything wrong with website itself? BTW, I am able to visit my profile page on Unix & Linux. Thanks.

  • Is this repeatable? I just checked and can access your profile with no problem.
    – terdon
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:37
  • @terdon repeatable on opera with both url askubuntu.com/users/294611/edward-torvalds and askubuntu.com/users/294611
    – Alex Jones
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:40
  • @terdon I think something wrong with opera, my page loads fine in firefox. thanks anyway
    – Alex Jones
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:42
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    This may be related: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/16157/…
    – Dan
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 14:50
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    The problem is the VPN that you have activated by using Opera, instead of " HTTP" , use " HTTPS" in the URL and it will work.
    – nisevi
    Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 8:45
  • @nisevi thanks a lot
    – Alex Jones
    Commented Feb 9, 2017 at 12:20

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I can't reproduce this. When I visit the URL you did:


I'm redirected to:


And your profile loads.

You can disable "server-side" redirects in many browsers but you wouldn't see the 404 page. The server only sends a plaintext-redirect:

<html><head><title>Object moved</title></head><body>
<h2>Object moved to <a href="/users/294611/edward-torvalds">here</a>.</h2>

Are you still seeing this issue? Does curl http://askubuntu.com/users/294611/ show the markup above, or the longer 404? That might help differentiate a network-level issue (proxy, bad cache, etc) from a browser bork.

So this looks like the proxy or browser interfering with the URL. The pages actually reflect the URL back in their content. If you view the source of the page, there should be a tag like this in the header.

<meta property="og:url" content="http://askubuntu.com/123123"/>

Compare that to the URL you thought you were visiting. Use that as the basis for reporting a bug to the people who maintain the proxy, or write the browser.

  • curl shows 'object moved'
    – Alex Jones
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:41
  • I think something wrong with opera, my page loads fine in firefox
    – Alex Jones
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:42
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    Ah, I am using proxy, maybe it is causing the issue. Thanks
    – Alex Jones
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:43
  • Yep, that would do it.
    – terdon
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:44
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    Yup, that'd be my conclusion. Something in or around the browser is changing the URL that's actually being requested. The pages reflect the actually requested URL back in their header, so you can see what the browser or proxy has done. Use this info to report a bug to them.
    – Oli Mod
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 11:46

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