When logging in into Area 51 (with my Stack Exchange credentials), I'm greeted with the following cryptic error message:

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I've tried clearing the cache and using another browser, but nothing helps. Where I'm living, it's not July 1st, 2018 yet. Strangely enough, when I navigate to Area 51's discussion zone, I am logged in.

  • Not that strangely enough... :) A51 Discuss is running our normal Q&A software, so it is able to use your session from here. Area 51 itself does not.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 22, 2018 at 22:30
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    More to your point, I see the exception on our end and will follow up with someone to get it fixed up.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 22, 2018 at 22:32
  • @AdamLear: While you're getting someone to poke around in that code, could you also have them take a look at this issue? Mar 23, 2018 at 1:29
  • @IlmariKaronen Agh, that’s been on my/Nick’s list for a while now. Need to do a redirect to HTTPS and that should fix it. Just haven’t had the time. :/
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Mar 23, 2018 at 1:38

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This should be fixed in the latest build.

The bug was... complicated:

  • For security reasons users who are in the Teams Beta can no longer add logins we're planning to deprecate.
  • Because of historical reasons, Area 51 login includes an "add a credential"-step that isn't amenable to determining whether a login is "good enough" for Teams purposes.
  • So, for now, Area 51 can no longer add credentials to accounts that are in a Team.
  • I introduced a bug that messed up the "does this credential need to be added"-check.
  • So anyone who logged in to Area 51 ran a chance (depending on what login they used) that login would "fail" (but actually succeed, because only the credential add failed).

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