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I had a heck of a time logging into this site using Firefox 16.0.1. At first I thought it was NoScript, so I removed it (and all my other add-ons). Then I checked my JavaScript options and it was enabled. Then I found this post:

Login to Stack Overflow impossible on Firefox

Which was the exact problem I was having (the buttons for the login options were not responding to being clicked). The only way I found I could login was to disable private browsing, even though I have had that turned on for years and never had a problem activating JavaScript related features on other sites.

Is there something specific about private browsing settings that doesn't jive with Stack Overflow?

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It's not only Firefox's Private Browsing mode causing your issue. I just logged in successfully (using Google) and am posting this comment from Firefox's Private Browsing mode. (I don't usually use Firefox, so I think my configuration is the default.) –  Jeremy Banks Oct 27 '12 at 23:50

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FF with private browsing does not accept cookies.

Cookies are needed for the Stack Exchange to work.

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If that were the case, how can I log into google, or hotmail, or amazon, or any number of other sites without issue? The intention of private browsing was, as I understood it, to allow normal behaviour, but that all session data is wiped when the session/browser is closed. Here is a mozilla link describing cookie behaviour when using private browsing: kb.mozillazine.org/Issues_related_to_Private_Browsing#Cookies –  Murrgon Oct 26 '12 at 15:55
    
This post is not correct. To verify for yourself, open up Firefox in private browsing mode and go to any site that leaves session cookies (Google or Stack Overflow, for example). Close that window then re-open the same site (without leaving private browsing mode) and you'll see that the cookies haven't changed. –  Jeremy Banks Oct 26 '12 at 20:14
    
@JeremyBanks When using private browsing, it is more likely session cookies are stored in memory and not on disk, so of course you won't see any changes to the cookies on disk. I couldn't find anything recent, but there was a post about it on wiki.mozilla.org: wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox3.1/PrivateBrowsing/… –  Murrgon Oct 29 '12 at 14:12
    
@Murrgon Pardon, perhaps I phrased that poorly: I agree with you. I meant that the session ID didn't change, which means that cookies are being stored (in memory), yes. –  Jeremy Banks Oct 29 '12 at 15:19
    
@amanaP Why did you post an "answer" to this question when you aren't even familiar with how private browsing modes work? –  Jeremy Banks Nov 2 '12 at 19:55
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Why haven't you deleted this post yet? –  Jeremy Banks Nov 2 '12 at 19:56
    
@JeremyBanks flag for deletion if you feel it is necessary –  amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A Nov 5 '12 at 13:51
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@amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA Most regular users clean up after themselves. –  Jeremy Banks Nov 5 '12 at 14:06

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