Edit: I've been having problems with the global auto-login since it was released. For some reason, my user (I've even switched to SOID) will not always trigger the auto-login. But sometimes it does...

When things go wrong, I experience the following: 1. Logged in at one site. 2. Visit second site - no auto-login. 3. Click [login], no auto-login 4. Enter SOID/Password.

See comments for more info. Close Edit.

Just like this request, but the opposite, a global login button to log into each site without having to give the OpenID/password for each site.

Or, maybe, a login button next to each user site at the 'network profile' page (where I'm logged out, for some reason :-( )

The reason I'm asking is because I have a problem with the auto-login. Similar to this question and when I go to the [login] page, it won't get my credentials. I'm on Ubuntu 11.10, Firefox 12. It appears to work on Ubuntu 12.04. I've been having these problems with the global auto-login since day one (other SO, other browser).

  • I'm trying to get into UX.SE through auto-login. Doesn't work. I've deleted UX from the browser history.... Now I can't get onto Cooking.SE! – GUI Junkie May 23 '12 at 21:50
  • I cleared your sessions on UX, try and log in again? – Ben Brocka May 23 '12 at 21:55
  • @BenBrocka, Nothing, nada, nilch – GUI Junkie May 23 '12 at 21:58
  • I could login the hard way, of course, if you want – GUI Junkie May 23 '12 at 21:58
  • Sounds like a workaround for some problem you're having? Why not look for a solution to that problem instead? (See also What else do I need?) – Arjan May 23 '12 at 22:03
  • @Arjan, just ran this check and 'Success'. Seems like I have everything that's needed (and have had ever since day one). – GUI Junkie May 23 '12 at 22:24
  • Have you logged out (log out is universal now) and then tried to log back in? Or (first) tried to log in using a different machine? – Ben Brocka May 23 '12 at 22:29
  • @BenBrocka, same thing. Logged out, logged in (at MSO), logged in at Askubuntu, not at cooking or UX. – GUI Junkie May 23 '12 at 22:34
  • Weird, by logging in you should be auto-logged in across the SE network, though JS has to do it's thing. Might want to make this a [support] Q btw – Ben Brocka May 23 '12 at 22:35
  • @Arjan, this morning I closed the browser, opened it again and the auto-login was working correctly :-) – GUI Junkie May 24 '12 at 5:15
  • @BenBrocka, please read the comment above this one. I'll delete this question in a short while. – GUI Junkie May 24 '12 at 5:17
  • Ok, odd! Nice to know that all sites have this test link; just as you wrote "I ran this check" I figured you checked if the listed requirements were met, and added the chat test link to the FAQ. Next, coming back here to tell you, I saw you actually linked "this". – Arjan May 24 '12 at 5:47
  • @Arjan, ;-) In the mean while, I've been thinking that my original feature request isn't that bad, it prevents the 'welcome back' banner (a minor annoyance) but more importantly, you can force the login when you experience the type of problem I've been having. What do you think? – GUI Junkie May 24 '12 at 7:55
  • I've always assumed the welcome banner is necessary. It allows the scripts to set the cookie for the specific domain name. An auto-reload could do that too, but is just a bit too annoying in cases like that, I assume. (Note that clicking login would get you such auto-reload. Just not when landing on the home page.) That said: a fully automatic login might in fact just be hidden redirects, hence not solving your problem, I assume. But given the number of assumptions, maybe your request does make sense. – Arjan May 24 '12 at 16:46

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