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How can Stack Overflow automatically login after resetting Safari?

How is stackoverflow.com be able to automatically logged me in even after Safari's cookies have been cleared. I also cleared Safari' cache and restarted iPad.

I want to implement a similar feature at my site, so I'm wondering how SO is achieving this behaviour.

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Are you using an OpenID to log in? – Rob W Oct 30 '11 at 10:05
@NoelM I don't think so. He's probably looking for a method to implement the same feature at his own website. – Rob W Oct 30 '11 at 10:07
@Rob W - if that's the case, then the question should state that. – Noel M Oct 30 '11 at 10:08
@NoelM "This is a programming question. So don't move to another site." – Rob W Oct 30 '11 at 10:08
@Rob W Where's the programming question? – Noel M Oct 30 '11 at 10:09
Just stating that it's a programming question doesn't make it one. – Juhana Oct 30 '11 at 10:09
@Rob W: Yes, I used Open ID and I selected not to stay login. – user523234 Oct 30 '11 at 10:11
I will stated it again: This is programming question! – user523234 Oct 30 '11 at 10:12
@RobW You can't login to StackExchange group without an OpenID :) all those login options are OpenID credentials. – balexandre Oct 30 '11 at 10:13
You might want to edit the question so that it looks like one, too. Like, "How can I keep users logged in even after they've cleared cookies and cache, just like SO does?" – Juhana Oct 30 '11 at 10:14

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Stackoverflow is using localStorage to save preferences regarding logging in using OpenID. It's also a form of persistance, similar but not equal to cookies.

You can read this information by typing the following code at the main site:


See also Global Network Auto-Login on the blog, and How does SO's new auto-login feature work? here on Meta.

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I have some background with .net and used cookies. But did not know this stuff! – user523234 Oct 30 '11 at 10:34
Actually, one should not look at the current site, but at stackauth.com and then peek into localStorage.getItem('GlobalLogin'), @user. Also, just typing localStorage is enough to see all contents for that current site. (That is: in Firebug and the console of any Web Kit browser.) – Arjan Oct 31 '11 at 19:04

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