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As a user I would like to be able to log in to your website with Google Chrome so I can ask questions.

Scenario: Log in with Chrome

  • Given I am on a Mac
  • And I am using the latest Google Chrome browser
  • And I am on the StackOverflow homepage
  • When I follow "log in"
  • And I fill in "openid_identifier" with ""
  • And I press "Log in"
  • Then I should be redirected to the open id provider's website

Instead of the above, I remain on the login page. The button is not disabled. No errors in JS console.

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Can you clarify what exactly is happening that is blocking you from logging in? Are you receiving an error? Is it kicking you out? Was the "login" link obliterated? – Grace Note May 11 '10 at 21:16
What version of google chrome is this? – Sander Rijken May 11 '10 at 21:20
it's probably your openid provider, not stackoverflow, that's the problem – Kyle Cronin May 11 '10 at 21:21
I'll add a scenario above. – hakanensari May 13 '10 at 12:41
Also, if the problem is my openid provider, it's probably StackOverflow's problem as far as they rely on them to have users log in :-) – hakanensari May 13 '10 at 12:42
can you try with a non-beta browser? We only support released web browsers for our own sanity. (and just so you know, Chrome betas have a long history of fairly serious issues on our sites) – Jeff Atwood May 13 '10 at 12:56
I do use Safari. Just had wanted to give you guys a heads up. – hakanensari May 14 '10 at 19:33
For Chrome users, I don't think there is a non-beta version of Chrome. I am using the version available for download from Also, Google keeps software in beta forever -- Gmail started on 21 March 2004 as beta and became a release on 7 July 2009. – Brian May 18 '10 at 15:52
I'm having the same problem. I didn't have it on my old Macbook. Weird. – Chetan May 19 '10 at 10:22

This should work fine -- you can email us via the address at the bottom of every page with specifics, we can help.

edit: apparently Chrome 5 is rigidly enforcing the "must be URI" designator on the input box rather than treating it as an input aid. MAKE SURE YOU ENTER HTTP:// in this box if you are on Chrome 5.0.

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Seems to be the correct behaviour by HTML5. However, any kind of user notice would be nice. – Nikolai Prokoschenko May 19 '10 at 12:30
Agreed -- since the fix is now known, how about some javascript validation message? – Doug Harris Jun 2 '10 at 16:30
Update -- seems to work ok for me now on meta and SO, but not on area51 – Doug Harris Jun 2 '10 at 16:52

I am currently on a Mac, logged in, using Google Chrome.

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Same here, it just works – Sander Rijken May 11 '10 at 21:20
Not on Mac, logged in, using IE -- can I get some rep, too? :-) – tvanfosson May 11 '10 at 21:29
Wow I guess if it didn't work, I wouldn't be able to post this. – Kevin May 12 '10 at 1:45

I found a workaround. I could not log in to Stack Overflow with Chrome on OS X by typing myOpenId URL and then clicking the Log in button. However, from the Stack Overflow login page, I could:

  1. click the myOpenId icon above the login box
  2. enter myOpenId username in the new box that appeared
  3. click the Sign In button to login successfully

Maybe there is some sort of JavaScript issue with submission or the large Log in button...?

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I have the same problem. Clicking the login button simply puts focus back on the input field.

The workaround is simply to answer a question somewhere and logging in that way around.

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