Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 153 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

One thing I really hate on SE is that, when I want to ask a question about something, and it gets, lets say, moved to another site, I have to click log-in again and enter my open-id again. Can't you guys just make it so that, whenever I login to lets say, SO, I am automatically logged in to the other SE sites (with the associated accounts) by using a cross-domain cookie. This has several advantages:

  • Faster
  • Less HTTP Requests
  • Less human life-time and energy wasted (better for the environment)

It has only one disadvantage (if it is one at all):

  • Stimulates lazyness
share|improve this question
5  
laziness is a virtue, not a vice! – Ether May 5 '10 at 0:40
1  
+1 for "quadrilogy" – Kip May 5 '10 at 1:18
    
i can't parse that last link. what is it? – quack quixote May 5 '10 at 2:17
    
This sounds like a great idea, but I don't see the advantage over passport.net which works with any site. – Evan Carroll May 5 '10 at 3:31
    
All this trouble you're going through sounds like a mild punishment for asking a question on the wrong site... (And as for the pentrilogy: SOFU, Meta, stackapps.com, Area51: sounds like hexa then?) – Arjan Jun 5 '10 at 16:40
up vote 4 down vote accepted

While it'd be great if you could, I don't think you can do this with Open ID unfortunately, as it's controlling the authentication and it does so against a specific domain.

I was pretty sure I'd seen this discussed before & came across a dup, where Jeff interestingly said:

Beyond that, we are looking at centralized auth for some.. er.. future.. stuff we're doing, and I did register http://stackauth.com for that general purpose.

I guess we'll have to wait & see what comes out of that...

share|improve this answer
    
Well, SO, MSO, SU and SF use cookies to check if you are logged in right? I can now sign out of Gmail, but still be logged in on the entire quadrilogy. – Madame Elyse May 5 '10 at 0:39
    
@Koning: Right. Because there's five independent cookies involved, so signing out of Gmail only kills the gmail cookie, not the SOFU ones. – Alconja May 5 '10 at 0:42
    
yep, so what I want is that the 4 /[SO|MSO|SU|SF]/i cookies become one, cross-domain cookie. – Madame Elyse May 5 '10 at 0:45

log in to FB to see the comments on the newest post.

Maybe Teh Facebooks should implement universal login, then!

share|improve this answer
    
And you should implement a feature called Facebook Connect ;) – Madame Elyse May 5 '10 at 0:40
6  
@koning that's not universal login, that's "my way or the highway" login.. – Jeff Atwood May 5 '10 at 1:45

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .