I recently signed up for Area 51 with my stackexchange network account/ID, verified the account and logged in. I see the main page https://area51.stackexchange.com/ where I confirm that I am logged in. I click on the discuss link on the black menubar at the top, which takes me to the discussion zone. From here I click on ask question, which asks me to add a login even though I have already logged in with my stackexchange ID. Here if I choose the stackexchange login option then it takes me back to the main page, from where the cycle begins again.

  • Are you sure you have cookies enabled? Which browser are you using? If you use a different browser does it fail as well? You say again but I don't see a previous post from you. When did this happen before?
    – rene
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 10:40
  • Using Firefox 34.0 and yes cookies are enabled. I use some plugins such as Adblock Plus and HTPPS everywhere. Could they cause any problems?
    – ramius
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 10:43
  • Yes, https everywhere is a known culprit as the SE network doesn't support https fully.
    – rene
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 10:44
  • By 'again' I was referring to other posts about login problems for Area 51.
    – ramius
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 10:44
  • related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/215629/…
    – rene
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 10:45
  • The browser console shows the following error: Loading mixed (insecure) display content on a secure page "gravatar.com/avatar/…; But I don't have the same problem with other stackexchange sites on which I can log on without any problems.
    – ramius
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 11:24
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    Don't use https on Area51 is the only solution I'm afraid... remember that Area51 is based on an older in-compatible codebase than the rest of the SE sites which makes me believe that a fix would take more than 6-8 weeks, if it gets fixed at all.
    – rene
    Commented Dec 20, 2014 at 11:29
  • I've similar problem with Epic browser on which it doesn't work. At area51.SE it works fine (shows as logged-in), but when redirected to discuss.area51.SE, then it doesn't work (I'm not logged in). When trying to log-in again, I'm back to area51.SE again where it was working fine, but still not at discuss.area51.SE.
    – kenorb
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 16:31
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    @kenorb Logging in on meta.stackexchange.com should get you into discuss.A51.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 30, 2016 at 17:09
  • Could it be similar to this? meta.stackexchange.com/questions/264108/…
    – Zizouz212
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 1:07

2 Answers 2


It seems registering and logging in on http://meta.stackexchange.com first solves the problem as suggested by @Adam.

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    Glad that helped. To be clear, this is basically just a workaround. The actual issue is kind of thorny to solve, but on my list to get to as soon as I have some time.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 1:17
  • This does not work for me. How can this still be an issue, after a little over 2 years from the first post ?
    – Frank
    Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 18:12

Logging on openid.stackexchange.com first may help. Otherwise make sure that cookies aren't blocked in your browser for Area51 site.

In Epic, to unblock ads/tracking cookies (which are blocked by default), disable Block Ads & Trackers.

Epic, cookies, Block Ads & Trackers, Area51

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