Disclaimer: I'm writing this from my phone, so a lot of words may be misspelt, or changed due to auto-correct. I've got a cast on my wrist so that will definitely help too. Also, I'm not very happy, I've spent an hour figuring out a way just to post this. If you're looking for the real fun, and don't care about context, skip the first three paragraphs.
I've encountered a very, strange, persistent bug. I had been checking my Urban Planning Proposal in light of the strange events surrounding disappearances. I also went there so that I could figure out how to follow it being an unregistered user, and then describe the steps to interested people who have never heard of SE before. So I logged out, and cleared my website data as well, since I needed to clear it anyway.
So, off I went, and I followed my proposal, and it asked me to verify my email address. I entered my secondary email (my primary is for my main account, Zizouz212). I went, verified it, and added this "user" to the following list. I unfollowed, and for some reason, tried it again. It asked me to enter my email again, and verify it, again. So I did. And then I proceeded to getting rid of this "user." That was impossible: there was no delete option available in the profile page, both on main, and Area 51 discussions. But, I logged out.
I figured I'd go back to my usual site, Open Source. But, here's what happened:
This looked normal, I just needed to log back in. So I did...
And clicked "Sign up using Google"
It asked me to log in, using the normal Google page. I did, but it didn't actually "log me in", the top still said "Join this Community", even if I navigated the site around a little. It even logged me in to my normal google account, going to
mail.google.com took me straight to my email. Thinking of a sneaky way, I thought of using chat. I signed out of Google just to be safe.
It asked me to log back into Google...
But that never worked.
I got the idea to get an account on my normal parent account for a site which I have never been to. Of course, I tried something relevant, and picked a new site that looked cool: Home Improvement. It gave me hope...
But doesn't work after all...
I even tried a site where I just got an account because it looked cool: Freelancing
But like everything I do, it doesn't work.
Incredibly mad (and tired) at this point, I go back to Area 51, and try there. And the result, was quite surprising:
And I was back! It didn't work on any other sites, but Area 51 was giving me hope. Making sure, I want to log out, and log back in.
That was a terrible mistake.
I couldn't get back in.
Trying again, I went back to chat, and this "unregistered" user that I had previously used to figure out how to follow on Area 51 was there, and thanks to the 50 rep it earned from having the email verified. It wouldn't logout, no matter how many times I've tried. If you want to see pictures of that, let me know.
This isn't a very pretty bug, and although it's uncommon, it's made me quite miserable. I'm not sure what is really causing it. If you want to try this, I strongly encourage you to. It's a very exciting journey :D
Also, if you're a community manager, you might want to find a very suspicious "User142319" that has followed my Urban Planning Proposal. You might want to take them out, and destroy this "user." Not saying anything would be... like destroying the universe (It's Area 51, you never know!).
Alright, if anyone dares to try this (and I very, very strongly encourage you to go through this), you can fix by clearing any website data that is marked under
stackexchange.com. Now, that there's a known fix, go ahead and try it! :D