Every time I log out Stack Exchange by clicking: Stack Exchange->Log out->Log out (yellow button). I actually get logged out.

The problem is, next time I click Log in, I’ll be logged in with the previous credentials, no questions ask.

My question is almost exactly the same as this:

How to log out completely on stackexchange sites using OpenID without closing my browser?

However there were no satisfactory answers since what I want is not a tricky, computer expert answer. I just want a simple, one-or-two button pressed and goodbye, see ya next time.

And this Tell me how to log out of Stack Exchange OpenID nice question, has no single answer.

I actually googled for “log out from stack exchange” and then moved through the links provided, but no satisfactory answers. Some examples are:

Example 1: How can I log out of Stack Overflow?

Example 2: how to logout from stackoverflow

Example 3: How do I log out of Stack Overflow

PS: I’ve tried to check the “Log out to all devices” checkbox, still nothing.

EDIT: I’ve Logged in using Stack Exchange ID, nor Google, Facebook or other logging credentials provider.


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The problem is, next time I click Log in, I’ll be logged in with the previous credentials, no questions ask.

That's because you are still logged into your OpenID provider, e.g. Google.

If you want to avoid that, you need to log out explicitly from the provider, each offering their own way to logout. For example, to logout from Stack Exchange OpenID provider, click "logout" here.

  • I'm not logged in to google. I actually logged in using Stack Exchange ID.
    – physicsrev
    Oct 19, 2017 at 10:52
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    @physicsrev same. So just logout from the provider itself, which for SE OpenID happens to be openid.stackexchange.com Oct 19, 2017 at 11:17
  • @Oded I see that you edited your answer and I think it's quite nice now. Still the point is: Is there a button or link in the Stack Exchange logout page directing me to the proper ID Provider logout page? Am I missing it?. My question is not only to be forgotten, but to do it as a dummy.
    – physicsrev
    Oct 19, 2017 at 13:40
  • @physicsrev - what if you have 5 different providers you linked to your Stack Exchange account? Do we give you 5 links?
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2017 at 13:41
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    To be honest, @physicsrev, I don't really understand your concern. When you click "log in", you are presented with the login form - where you need to select how to login. We don't automatically log you in.
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2017 at 13:45
  • @oded Let me explain: It's not about logging IN. It's about logging OUT in such a way that in my next log in, I should be asked to provide my Username and password again. For example if one logs in with stack exchange’s log in ID, when logging out there should be a bottom saying: “To logout from your login provider, please click [here] (openid.stackexchange.com/user)” and it directs the user to the link you provided in your answer.
    – physicsrev
    Oct 19, 2017 at 14:47
  • @physicsrev - again, not clear to me what your use case is. When you log out, we don't ever automatically log you in (which seems to be what you are describing). You log out, you are logged out. When you then click "log in" we ask you to... log in. What exactly is broken there for you?
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2017 at 14:48
  • As I asked before, @physicsrev - what do you expect to happen if you have 5 different providers attached to your account (you can add as many as you want and we have many users that have multiple such setups)?
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:01
  • I have tried what you just suggested. I was asked for my email address and password: i.stack.imgur.com/ptrsc.png - are you using a browser extension that automatically puts those in for you, @physicsrev ?
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:07
  • @Oded At the bottom of the LOGOUT PAGE of Stack Exchange there is the following message: ”If you're on a shared computer, remember to log out of your Open ID provider (Facebook, Google, Stack Exchange OpenID, etc.) as well”. What the page doesn’t do is to explain how to do it. HOW to log out from the Open ID provider.
    – physicsrev
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:13
  • I’m not the only one pointing this out. Check the second link I provided and he point exactly the same thing. The solution he provides is the same as mine. Make the ”If you're on a shared computer, remember to log out of your Open ID provider (Facebook, Google, Stack Exchange OpenID, etc.) as well” message as link to the correct Open ID provider. Stack Exchange must know which ID provider was used to log in, and also (I think) it should provide for better ways of terminate that. At least for your own Open ID, which would have been direct the user to the link in you answer.
    – physicsrev
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:14
  • @Oded I tried to use a different browser. It continues...
    – physicsrev
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:20
  • Are you telling me that when you click "log in" in the login page, without entering an email and password you get logged in?
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:21
  • @Oded Yes I do.
    – physicsrev
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:24
  • And this happens to you when you login here or physics, @physicsrev ?
    – Oded
    Oct 19, 2017 at 15:28

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