Being a very intelligent idiot :-), I more than once entered "meta.chess.stackexchange.com" instead of the correct order. Firefox prompty panics with a "security risk". I tested a bit, the "standard" response on a site to an URL botched this way is a straight 404 error. Is there a technical reason (e.g. all the sites that could exist on SE in future) for the different handling? I tag it as "bug" now for lack of a better wording.
(To add lulz to injury, I tried to open the wrong URL with Lynx. Oh yes, Lynx. This will get me a kaput cookie and ultimatively redirect me to the correct page if I accept, as it seems. Thus it might be only due to Firefox.)