Who would benefit: Anyone who uses this special page.
Proposed solution: At the very least, linksearch should return results for HTTP and HTTPS combined when no protocol is specified.
More comments: Google now (rightfully so) boosts rankings for HTTPS sites and I am seeing HTTPS spam much more often as a consequence. Why do I need to ask the WMF to address glaring technical debt and software rot in MediaWiki three times and wait almost a decade for a fix?
Checking for and cleaning up after spammers is a lot more difficult without this as mentioned. Similarly for tasks with interwiki mapping is made harder in the absence. Yes it only affects a smaller number of people, they are however, some of the real backroom workers that enhance the user experience. — billinghurstsDrewth 23:09, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Support I was just wishing for this a couple of days ago when I was checking if we already had pages for some organizations with particular websites. Yes please! ArthurPSmith (talk) 18:39, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
Support --Izno (talk) 03:56, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
Support – this blindspot/gotcha wasn't even documented on en.wp until recently, given that not typing any protocol is seen as an implicit web URL. DMacks (talk) 05:17, 30 November 2017 (UTC)