OK, so not a bug per se, but it does 'bug' me...

On the Data Explorer page, the link to log in is labelled login rather than log in. The latter is on all the other SE sites I clicked through to, so why not the Data Explorer?

After all, LoginIsNotAVerb.com!

EDIT 1: Also noticed that when logged in to any SE site, the link to log out is labelled logout, but should be log out. Hover over your username to see this link in the summary that pops up.

EDIT 2: Just to clarify, this question is not about whether "login" and "logout" are verbs - I think that's pretty well-defined already. The question is can we make sure the correct forms of log in and log out are used consistently across all the Stack Exchange sites?

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    There's no rule that says links must be verbs, so I'm not sure how that last link is relevant. I do support cross-site consistency, though.
    – Pops
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 15:23
  • This isn't only on the Data Explorer... Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 15:23
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    @PopularDemand Because you're clicking it to log in. Not to login. For the same reason, when you're logged in it should say Log Out, not Logout.
    – Widor
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 15:27
  • I wouldn't say it's a rule either - more of a heuristic... Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 15:30
  • How do you feel about the "tools" link? Or "faq"? "meta"?
    – Pops
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 15:30
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    I feel very happy about them indeed because they take me to the destinations they promise (they're all nouns). Login doesn't take me to my login, which makes me sad. It does take me to a place where I can log in, however.
    – Widor
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 15:32
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    @Won'tಠ_ಠ - Replace 'log' with 'clock'; do you think it should be "clockin" because you aren't "clocking" anything? Plus, if 'login' was a verb, you'd not be logging in, but logining. Eww. Or, you'd have just logined instead of logged in.
    – Widor
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 16:40
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    @Widor: Who said anything about clockin? My point is that "log in" is no better, if not worse than, "login". At least "login" is a new word for a new concept.
    – user1228
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 16:50
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    @Won'tಠ_ಠ - 'log in' and 'clock in' are the same construct. Same with 'check out'. You check out at the checkout, you log in at the login page. If you believe 'login' is a valid verb, then you have to accept 'clockin' too. If I humour you for a moment and say that 'login' is now a verb, can you suggest what you think the past tense of it should be?
    – Widor
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 16:55
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    @Won'tಠ_ಠ You can't claim that classification of verbs and nouns is subject to personal opinion!
    – Widor
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 18:10
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    If it should be Log in shouldn't it be Log out (with a small "o" on out) instead of Log Out then?
    – Jonas
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 20:16
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    Well done meta. Widor put the "trivial bugs get the most upvotes" theory to the ultimate test, and we didn't disappoint Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 20:17
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    @Michael -- a little bit of wit and humor, combined with a little bit of grammar nerdishness will get me to reach for the upvote button every time. I can't speak for the rest of the community though. Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 20:22
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    @MichaelMrozek What, are you implying that You got your double-encoded space in my tooltip and In a previous life, I worked at Delaware weren't critical bugs?
    – Tim Stone
    Commented Oct 17, 2011 at 20:55
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    This will be fixed on Stack Exchange next build. Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 3:09

1 Answer 1


Completed in the Data Explorer trunk: http://code.google.com/p/stack-exchange-data-explorer/

It may take a few weeks till this goes live, lots changed and we need to stabilize it first.


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