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I've occasionally used my sister's computer to visit stackexchange sites, including the chat on EL&U. This was all well and good, except that tonight, my sister decided she wanted to join the fun and get an account of her own.

Well, let's just say that "not fun" (and "not easy") don't even begin to cover it. Apparently, it wasn't enough for her to hit "log out everywhere"1 on her computer, I had to do the same on my computer. Which is creepy. And then I had to press an ominous-sounding "destroy credentials" button. But anyway.

Even after logging out of everything stackexchange related I could find, I'm still logged in to EL&U chat. And there's no logout button on chat. There's a "leave (all)", but that doesn't actually log you out, it just leaves the room(s) you're in.

Is there a way to log out of chat? If so, where is it hiding?

1 A misnomer if ever there was one

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I just found this question. For what it's worth, I eventually got it using the links below, but the logging out process is an absolute disaster. I'm on a communal computer in my office, and many of use multiple SE sites as well as chat. Hopefully this will be improved, because it's still a total hassle. – Jon Beardsley Sep 26 '13 at 18:41

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The logout pages for the chat sites are located at:

http://chat.stackexchange.com/logout <--You want this one

These links are not accessible from the chat sites, for some reason or other which I can't remember.

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Where did you find out about these links, by the way? Is there a sooper-seekrit chat user manual hidden somewhere? – Marti Feb 28 '11 at 21:07

When we next deploy, your regular SE logout button will also log you out from chat.SE

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I strongly urge you to log in as a different user in the operating system first. Otherwise if you "share" logins and "share" web browsers, things are going to get weird for you all over the web.

If you can't do that, at the very least, use different web browsers (e.g. if she uses Firefox, you use Chrome).

Otherwise, you're honestly kind of doing it wrong.

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Honestly, I don't see how there's anything wrong with wanting a "log out" button that actually, like, logs me out. Also, as my sister says, right now the 'log in' button needs to come with red-letter strongly-worded warnings about never ever using stackexchange on a public computer. – Marti Feb 28 '11 at 6:12
@marti use "log out everywhere" on the parent site -- it clears the HTML 5 local storage. Beyond that, do you really need a notice on every pack of cigarettes that says "may cause cancer"? This isn't obvious by now? – Jeff Atwood Feb 28 '11 at 6:15
Also, given that this doesn't even address the actual question of logging out of chat, perhaps it should have been a comment instead of an answer. – Marti Feb 28 '11 at 6:17
@jeff: (1) "log out everywhere" doesn't do what it says it does; in fact, in most circumstances it doesn't do a darn thing, because of the auto-login so-called-feature; and (2) how is the inability to properly log out of a site analogous to cigarette warning labels? When I log out of say, Gmail, the login screen may be in Hungarian ('cause I have my gmail set to that language), but the next user of the computer can't get back into my email without knowing my password. This is not true of stackoverflow sites, especially chat @ stackoverflow. – JPmiaou Feb 28 '11 at 6:23
@marti it addresses the underlying root cause, defeating the operating system's isolation of users. I strongly urge you to log in as different users in the OS, or at the very least, use two different browsers (she uses Firefox, you use Chrome). Much saner. – Jeff Atwood Feb 28 '11 at 6:30
@jpm it works for me; when I click "log out everywhere" I am logged out of the site in question (clears cookies), and I do not get automatically logged into any network site (clears HTML 5 local storage). Are you experiencing something different? Can you open an item with repro steps, because I can't reproduce any issues with that. – Jeff Atwood Feb 28 '11 at 6:30
Sorry to say Jeff but that's a retarded thing to say. Your not supposed to tell people how to use their machines. It's perfectly reasonable for family members that trust each other (i.e. husband and wife) to share a machine with different logins. – Sir Psycho Mar 8 '11 at 7:45
I often visit the SO sites on my phone, which I also often lend to my girlfriend for web browsing (since her phone is not as capable). Alas the phone doesn't have a means to "log in as a different user", nor does it have a different web browser to use :-( – psmears Mar 9 '11 at 20:09
@psm that's a totally fair point – Jeff Atwood Mar 9 '11 at 22:22
@Jeff Atwood, you never addressed this question: if you're only ever supposed to use one computer for one person, how is anyone supposed to use SE on a public computer? Is there any way to do so safely? – Marti May 31 '11 at 15:37
@marti the easiest way is to use two different web browsers, the second easiest way is to use two accounts in the OS. – Jeff Atwood May 31 '11 at 19:36
@Jeff Atwood: ... all of which is 100% useless when you're dealing with a public computer - a different OS login is completely out of the question, and chances are you get to use whatever crappy browser is installed, take it or leave it. And even if you can use a different browser, how do you know someone else hasn't already used it for accessing SE? More to the point, how do you prevent the next person after you from accessing your SE account? – Marti May 31 '11 at 20:10
@marti you click "log out" -- the semantics of that have changed so it clears everything possible. – Jeff Atwood May 31 '11 at 20:11

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