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I have a registered StackOverflow account which I normally log into using OpenID. Recently I logged out in order to post a question anonymously (supplying a fake name and of my secondary email addresses).

The problem now is that I'm logged in to StackOverflow as this "dummy" user, unable to see a way to log out. The top menu normally has a "logout" link, but when you aren't fully registered this link is replaced with "register". There is no "logout" link for me. :(


  • When logged out there is a "login" link.
  • When logged in there is a "logout" link.
  • When "logged in" with an unregistered account, there is only a "register" link (no "logout").
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So register and then sign out. Duh. – Hilarious Comedy Pesto Jul 24 '09 at 18:56

We do that to prevent people from irrevocably destroying unregistered accounts, as they are 100% browser cookie based.

You can probably guess the URL if you really need to do this:


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This works perfectly, yet this approach surprises me ... – Tsasken Dec 24 '13 at 10:37

Just delete the cookies your browser has saved for the site in question... That's all there is to keep you "logged in".

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Or maybe just move them elsewhere for the time being. Otherwise you won't be able to use that same account again. – Joel Coehoorn Sep 23 '09 at 2:24

Can you go to the login page and login with your "normal" account?

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yes i was also facing this issue. and searched for all this question and not even single answer is proper.

i will tell you how to do that.

if you are logged in with stackexchange is not from google, facebook or any other login then only this will work.

please open below link

and logout from there. so now onwords you can login with any other account in stackoverflow or stackexchange.

tick as answer if this helped you. :)

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Not relevant to the question, he ask how to log out from unregistered account. – Shadow Wizard Jan 27 '14 at 8:11

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