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Forum:Why list external links as "http" when they use "https"?

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I recently created the article for the Howard Shore album The Lord of the Rings: The Rarities Archive and linked to its page on Howard Shore's record label under external links. The "s" in "https" was removed, which I thought was odd because the correct URL starts with https. However, I then noticed that this seems to be a wiki policy because http is used on many pages, even when the site redirects to https. Is this a policy and, if so, what is its purpose? (Coincidentally this is the second forum topic I've made about https, although the first one has to do with TG itself.) --Oromë 19:52, 24 May 2021 (UTC)

There is no policy on this. I remove that "s" to remove the ugly padlock symbol that appears with "https" links. Does this cause any trouble? Links still work for me... --LorenzoCB 21:09, 24 May 2021 (UTC)
I agree the padlock icon is ugly, but I think this would make more sense as a software change/update to remove that. While this may not actually matter very much since it's always redirected, https would be technically correct just because, for these sites, http is redirecting and not the actual URL. --Oromë 21:20, 24 May 2021 (UTC)