Started noticing this today. I don't persist data between web sessions.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Log out; clear all browser-cached data
  2. Navigate to a question
  3. Log in using OpenID
  4. On redirect back to question, the user appears to be logged out (no user toolbar, the First time here? bar is present)
    • Navigating to other pages shows user logged in and normal function
    • refreshing page has no effect

  • Severity: mild irritant
  • Reproducibility: intermittent
  • Workaround: log out, clear browser data and log in on the start page instead; update: or wait a few minutes & refresh
  • Software: Windows XP; Firefox 3.5.5; myopenid
  • Reproducability: intermittent
  • Uninformed speculation as to cause: host-side caching side-effect; usage triggered?

1 Answer 1


We certainly do cache questions for a short period of time, for anonymous (not logged in) users. So once you hit a page as anonymous, you have definitely triggered the anon caching for the next (n) anonymous users to hit that exact same page.

But once you're logged in, that caching no longer applies in any scenario. Ever.

I would actually argue this is incorrect local browser caching of the page. Have you tried reproducing it in a different browser.. say.. Chrome?

EDIT: as predicted, no repro. I used a virtual machine with XP/Firefox and followed your steps.

EDIT2: ah, I see the problem. Dumb setting mistake on our end. Fixed.

  • Hi Jeff, thanks for taking time on this. I was able to reproduce the problem using Chrome (once!) but not, so far, on IE. As I said, it is intermittent. But, given that there aren't others chiming in with "me too", the issue is probably closer to my end.
    – McDowell
    Commented Nov 26, 2009 at 18:17
  • I haven't been able to reproduce this today, so I guess that's as good as verified.
    – McDowell
    Commented Nov 27, 2009 at 14:57
  • Was this the issue I saw and you disavowed? Commented Nov 27, 2009 at 17:00
  • This one: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/27028/… Commented Nov 27, 2009 at 17:34
  • no, totally unrelated Commented Nov 27, 2009 at 19:49
  • Fair enough ;-p I still get that, btw... Commented Nov 27, 2009 at 20:13

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