Recently (the last two or three days) on Cross Validated (CV) pages, each time a new page/tab is opened, it asks anew on accepting cookies. Quite molesting. First I thought it was my browser (Chrome on Ubuntu Linux), but then: This only happens on CV, not even on CV Meta or any other SE sites. So what is going on?


After reading the link to meta SE: I have clicked "Accept all cookies" many times, and it is not remembered. If I click the other option, "Customize", nothing happens...

  • It happens sporadically to me on CV but not, as far as I can tell, on other sites. I certainly do not get it every page though. The sites do set separate cookies I think, when I clear out cookies there are ones from loads of SE sites.
    – mdewey
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 16:56
  • Despite setting up my cookies days ago CV asked me again when I visited; but once they were set it didn't ask again.
    – Rob
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 18:23
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    @Luuklag: Not really, that post is linked in my Q--- that post gives no solution to the ad nauseam Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 18:45
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    Luuk + kjetil, only 4 sites seem to have a link in the footer (Cookie Settings) to change your settings (like CV) and other sites don't (like here). --- Probably best as an answer (Bug Report) on the question (announcement) rather than asking anew; since the announcement is recent. --- kjetil, our (unusual) policy is that you would copy this question to an answer here; where Luuklag mentioned.
    – Rob
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 19:04
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    @kjetilbhalvorsen Could you edit your post to include if this happens on the other sites that also have customizable cookies enables at the moment (Super User, Ask Ubuntu, Tex-Latex, and Database Administrators) and confirm your browser does not block third party cookies as that's already a reported problem? Copying this to an answer to the question Luuklag linked is one option, but given how this was migrated from another site to here, perhaps just tagging it as a bug will get it attention enough :)
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 19:14
  • Can you check in your browsers developer console if you have two cookies after you made your choices: OptanonConsent and OptanonAlertBoxClosed and if those are tied to the .stackexchange.com domain?
    – rene
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 19:27
  • @rene: I am not used to the developer console, but I went to settings---security---cookies and other site data--- and searched for cross validated. It lists two cookies only, notice-m18, sgt only (and some local storage) Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 19:44
  • And what are your cookie settings? Those are mentioned on one of the dialogs you clicked through to reach your cookies (good find btw, I didn't know that dialog existed). The problem is the cookies are not set for crossvalidated (or stats.stackexchange.com) but only for the top level domain, .stackexchange. If you take your privacy serious you might have configured Chrome to not allow these cookies.
    – rene
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 20:06
  • @rene: My setting is "Accept all cookies". Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 20:09
  • Hmm, okay. That is strange because I would expect the cookies to work then. Are you able to test in a different browser? Something firefox based? I'm not an Ubuntu user myself so I'm a bit lost at what is possible/available on that OS.
    – rene
    Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 20:10
  • @rene: I just tried on firefox (installed via synaptic). No problems there! Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 21:40
  • Not ad nauseam, but today it asked me again on the sites mentioned in We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent: Ask Ubuntu, Super User, etc. Given the tight time correlation, a common cause seems likely. On Firefox 84.0.2 (with NoScript) and Ubuntu MATE 20.04 (Focal Fossa) with Cinnamon. Commented Jan 17, 2021 at 23:07
  • I'm glad it is not something tied to your account, network, local PC but just an odd browser. Must be setting we're missing.
    – rene
    Commented Jan 18, 2021 at 8:48
  • No, actually sort of ad nauseam (but not for every page). Today Ask Ubuntu asked again. (I have been logged into Stack Exchange throughout.) Commented Jan 19, 2021 at 9:24
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    uBlock origin's eyedropper tool makes short work of things like cookie banners.
    – Alexis
    Commented Jan 22, 2021 at 19:40


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