Oftentimes, esp. out of a cafe, I see that the log in page of any SE site loads fine up to the point where the buttons 'Log in with Stack Exchange' / Google / Yahoo ... are supposed to show up.

I only see an ellipsis suggesting the images are loading, but this '...' gif stays indefinitely. The buttons never appear.

Q: In such a case, do I have an alternate way to log in?

I would want to log in only with the 'Log in with Stack Exchange' option.

I don't know if this is due to some Java issues with a particular machine at the cafe. However, I can neither move to another terminal nor change settings majorly on this terminal.

Edit: I still haven't found a workable solution for this. Any other thoughts?

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    How is that could be a java problem?
    – om-nom-nom
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 12:15
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    @om-nom-nom: Well, it's obvious, it takes forever to load. ;) SCNR Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 12:22
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    If not java then is that a javascript problem? More confusion ahead or what?
    – Kris
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 12:27
  • @ShaDowWizArd I got A problem occurred with this request.There is auth code embedded in url, so this will not work.
    – om-nom-nom
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 13:00
  • @om-nom-nom Can you please restore your answer?
    – Kris
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 13:01
  • @om-nom-nom ok, it was far fetched anyway - removed. :/ Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 13:03
  • @om-nom-nom as for your answer, it should be possible to execute JS code on the fly from Console in any modern web browser even IE9 and it actually worked for me. So +1 once you will undelete it. Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 13:05
  • @Kris yep, I've restored
    – om-nom-nom
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 15:45

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Not sure but you can try to type this into your browser address bar and then press Enter:

enter image description here

(In example I've used google as an OpenID provider, but there is also stack_exchange, yahoo, myopenid and facebook)

  • Thanks. Does that, btw, require "javascript enabled" setting or something? Again, I am not quite into these things really.
    – Kris
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 12:25
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    1) Firefox already dropped support for the javascript: protocol for security reasons, and I think the trend is towards other browsers doing the same. If you want to run JavaScript, use the browser console instead. 2) If the JavaScript that does the OpenID magic did not load, then this won't work. If it did work, it's quite unlikely you would not be able to see the buttons
    – Yi Jiang
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 12:25
  • @YiJiang'sProble_ yeah, thanx for clarifying, I had a huge doubt about how this would work if javascript stuck in some place on the page.
    – om-nom-nom
    Commented Mar 22, 2012 at 12:29

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