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Autologin prevents me from logging into some SE sites. Here is what is happening:

  1. visit; the top line says Stack Exchange ... sign up ... log in (i.e., I am not logged in despite being logged in to meta, SO and a few others)
  2. click on either sign in or log in: I am taken to the login page where I can select between Google, SE &c
  3. Immediately (within 1 sec) the "welcome back" banner appears
  4. Immediately (within 1 sec) I am taken back to - but I am not logged in (the top line is the same as before, I cannot ask and answer questions).
  5. neither reloading, nor clicking on login with Google before the "welcome back" banner appears helps - I just cannot login.

Additionally, the same is happening on, e.g.,,,, now - however, I did manage to create a new account on another SE site (so, I guess, there is no limit on the number of SE sites I can be logged into simultaneously).

  • I am using Firefox 25 (just updated to 26 - same behavior) on MacOSX 10.9.1; reproduced with add-ons disabled
  • I use a Google account to log in to SE.

With Safari 7.0.1 and Chrome 31, I have to manually click on log in and then on log in with Google, but, so far, I never failed to get logged on - yet. I.e., auto-login does not work, but at least I can login manually.

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no repro for me on FF26 on windows 7 – rene Dec 18 '13 at 18:47
@rene: how many SE accounts are you logged into ATM? – sds Dec 18 '13 at 18:49
Only google? hold on – rene Dec 18 '13 at 18:49
You are using a stackexchnage account? or another OpenId provider? – rene Dec 18 '13 at 18:52
@rene: I login with a google acct – sds Dec 18 '13 at 18:54
Well, I tried a couple of things but I can't repro your scenario with my google account on win7. Does FF on a mac comes with the 'restart without addons' option in 'Help' menu? Can you give that a try? – rene Dec 18 '13 at 18:59
@rene: yes, I restarted without the addons and I observe the exact same behavior. – sds Dec 18 '13 at 20:46
Can you use safari or Chrome to see if it repro's there as well? – rene Dec 18 '13 at 21:14
@rene: safari & chrome are the same: autologin does not work, but login does – sds Dec 18 '13 at 21:40
I'm out of options. You'll have to wait for a dev to pick this up. – rene Dec 18 '13 at 21:46
I'm betting that your cookies are somehow corrupted. Has you tried on a clean slate browser? – Braiam Dec 18 '13 at 21:46
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Preferences --> Privacy --> remove individual cookies --> remove the cookies for the broken sites --> everything works!

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