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Over the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing the same problem as described in Keep getting logged out of StackOverflow today. As you can see from the screenshot of my openid activity I have to log in every so often. More frustrating is the fact that it seems to happen just as I am answering a question or voting on something, of course I do know that it is pure coincidence! :)

I run the latest Chrome development version, currently 5.0.375.3, and have experienced this through the last couple of versions (probably about 3 or 4 versions now) but it started on the same day as that previous question was asked. I do know that Chrome dev is not officially supported here, but seeing as how this issue is identical (in every way, except the fixed part) to the previously completed bug I wonder if they are related.

In reference to the OpenID Troubleshooting Tips:

  1. At home yes, at work no. Another user on the same network and build of Chrome doesn't seem to have the issue.
  2. No, I have not modified the cookie policy (other sites retain cookies just fine) - Whoops! My bad - see my answer.
  3. Yes, I've completely cleared my cookies, cache, saved passwords, etc.
  4. Yes, I can stay logged in through IE.
  5. Yes, they don't seem to have an issue. Though I do it mostly for commenting.
  6. No, I confirmed that my profile information is valid.
  7. It can be, but that's when I get the "No endpoint found" so this is a non-issue.
  8. No, the initial site is in the clear and then gets redirected to MyOpenID.

Also of note: I set up the alternate provider (my parimary provider is my own site that directs to MyOpenID and my alternate is MyOpenID directly) as Google and the issue still happened.

I am looking for confirmation that there is a bug here on SOFU or if I need to file a bug with Chrome. I currently use my same openid url for the SOFU sites as well as a couple others and I only experience the problem here. I know of other users using the same Chrome version without this issue (which worries me that it was something I did, but I cannot figure out what...). I do experience this on both my work machine and home so I do not think it is cache related.

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I feel like a complete idiot but I was able to fix the problem.

The fix?

Somehow (I am not sure how, but I probably did it) the option Block all third-party cookies without exception was checked. I had seen this checked before and discounted it because I didn't figure that the cookie to stay signed in was considered "third-party". I had ignored it because I did have cookies from and figured that was the authentication cookie.

Obviously not.

Unchecking the option has allowed me to log in to all 4 major sites and stay logged in.

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May be SO could have a small check to see if this is the case and prompt the user in that case? – perbert Apr 15 '10 at 16:59
@json Once Jeff replies (and depending what the problem is), I think it should definitely be added to OpenID Troubleshooting Tips – Jared Harley Apr 15 '10 at 17:05
well, good -- thanks for following up! And @jared this is already in the tips under "don't change default cookie policy" – Jeff Atwood Apr 15 '10 at 17:09
Dang, I was hoping for another answer. :) I have Opera 10, cookies on, and in the past few weeks, have started getting logged out more often... – John C Apr 12 '11 at 17:50

We have seen LOTS of problems with development builds of Chrome.

We only officially support released versions of Chrome.

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I am the "other user" he refers to - I use the same builds of Chrome dev on the same networks (we work at the same University, and both have Comcast HSI in the same city) and I don't have these problems. Do you have an "unoffical" idea to what the cause might be? – Jared Harley Apr 14 '10 at 21:50
Yeah, I know, I've gotten that from you before. :) I guess I'm looking to see if it is still a bug on this end (since it did happen once for Chrome 4 and 5) or if I should file a bug report with Chrome. The biggest issue I have so far is, it only appears to happen with SOFU and no other sites. – Joshua Apr 14 '10 at 21:51
@jared possibly bad plugins? Supporting dev builds is too expensive for the time it costs and the benefit is nil. – Jeff Atwood Apr 14 '10 at 21:52
Jeff, I was able to fix it, but are the cookies considered third-party? I figured the authentication/information cookie stuff would be first-party since it originates from this site and all that fun stuff. – Joshua Apr 15 '10 at 17:00

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