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Sometimes, when I go to an SE site that I'm not logged in to, it takes several seconds or a page refresh before I'm automatically logged in. Is there a technical reason for this?

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They prioritize page loading and being able to use the site above automatic login. – Adam Davis Feb 17 '11 at 15:08
@Pollyanna: Do you mean that there is a lack of server resources or a lack of developer time? – user157130 Feb 17 '11 at 16:15
@Pollyanna - I mean that the checks for and your HTML5 cache are probably performed after the page is done loading, meaning that they wait for images and other content to load prior to doing the check. I haven't checked, but that it is most likely reason. This is likely a design decision, as most viewers don't need/require the auto login (coming from google, etc) and delaying the visible site content to check the DB at stackauth against the HTML5 client side cache would be slower for the majority of users. – Adam Davis Feb 17 '11 at 16:19

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