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It looks like the auto-login feature doesn't work for me (on Firefox 3.6.9). I've just had to re-sign into each site individually.

Also, chat is giving weird messages and inverting the order of the messages (probably related), like so:

Why did my last comment supercede the first one? - parsererror - retry / cancel

What is that verbiage that just followed my last comment after fail about? - parsererror - retry / cancel

Looks like auto-login is a fail. - parsererror - retry / cancel

Here's a pic of a site not having me logged in, after signing into five other sites and hitting the 'Questions' button.

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"It looks like the auto-login fail doesn't work worth crap".... so that means it works right? – Peter Ajtai Sep 12 '10 at 2:49
@peter, hehe, that's one way to interpret that. It's the best I could do as frustrated as I am. – Lance Roberts Sep 12 '10 at 2:52
@Michael, Thanks, it's good to see a cool head do some good editing. – Lance Roberts Sep 12 '10 at 3:09
Why do you think these two problems are related, out of curiosity? – Michael Mrozek Sep 12 '10 at 3:29
@Michael, There was a message stating that there was a problem connecting to the server, and this was happening while I was doing the sign-ons. Once I refreshed the pages, they worked normal (and my messages disappeared). – Lance Roberts Sep 12 '10 at 3:44

From the blog post:

But please be advised that we may not be able to automatically log in you in, if …

  • You’ve been to the target site recently without a global auth session (click the “login” link at the top of every page to force it)
  • ...

Clicking "Questions" will not force an auto login.

That aside, looking at the logs it does not appear you were ever successfully getting a StackAuth session. This could be for any number of reasons: bad javascript in your browser cache (despite cache breakers, I've seen a couple cases of this with various javascript in the last month), flaky DNS (StackAuth's DNS record was smashed a few days ago, you may still have a bad copy), or there's some proxy/anonymizer* between you and us.

Also, chat and global login share no code. Aside from indicating something kind of goofy with your browser at the time, the issues would be unrelated.

Ultimately, I cannot reproduce this. If you can come up with reproduction steps I'll gladly take another look, but until then this is [status-norepro].

*Anything that smashes your HTTP Referrer or causes your IP to change between requests would do it for sure.

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one thing I find is that I whilst I get auto-logged in, the status banner across the top of the page still shows the "Log in" link instead of my display name and rep. This may be confusing people, it certainly caught me out. This happens in Chrome 5 and 6 for me. – Kev Sep 12 '10 at 9:58
@Kev - we can't do anything about it until we know if you've got a global login session, and when we do know we push down that notice immediately. I guess we could hide login while we're "loading"... but that might be a bit rough on anonymous users (who make up the bulk of our traffic). Hmmm... I'll think on this. – Kevin Montrose Sep 12 '10 at 10:04
just so you know the sequence - 1. Browse to site, 2. The auto-login notification drops down to tell me "Welcome back Kev, you've been logged on...". 3. If I click the "Click here to refresh" link all is good. But if I click "Close This Window" that's when it can get confusing and that's the link my eye is always drawn to. – Kev Sep 12 '10 at 12:16
it's not that they share code, it probably has to do with chat working off of the Meta login. – Lance Roberts Sep 12 '10 at 17:09

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