I visit Stack Overflow on my phone several times a week, and it seems like about once a week (maybe more?) I get this cookie banner.

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I make my selections, and expect the site to remember them. A week later, the prompt will show up again, and nag me for my selections over and over again.

This is all from the same browser, same device, same account, etc. I don’t log off or anything. How do I make this site remember my cookie choices for good?

These are my cookie settings, I don’t have “block all cookies” enabled, so I’m not sure what could be causing this.

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    Have you checked your browser to make sure it's not automatically clearing site cookies/data at some times? It's possible to have your browser auto-clear such things in many/most browsers under various conditions. Clearing that information would definitely cause this sort of problem.
    – Makyen
    Mar 9, 2023 at 20:16
  • As of the looks of your screenshot, it has something to do with the safari settings that you have set.
    – Rishon_JR
    Mar 10, 2023 at 8:38
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    If you're using the extension DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials then it imposes a maximum of 7 day expiration limit on first party cookies. Such a cookie holds the consent details and is normally set to expire after a year but with DDG PE it expires in a week. Unfortunately, I don't think you can disable just this behaviour. You can either turn protection off for a site (extension still works everywhere else) or disable the extension everywhere.
    – VLAZ
    Mar 12, 2023 at 9:26
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    I can confirm the same issue on Firefox and Brave, that too multiple times a day. It's super frustrating cause SO is the only site with this issue (not sure about Stack Exchange sites). For context, Clear cookies and site data when you close all windows is disabled in both the browsers. Mar 15, 2023 at 18:50
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    YES! This problem is new (recent). And I see it only on StackOverflow, not on the other SE site I visit (several times a day). It's as if StackOverflow is treating me like a new user, even though I visit it every day. This is annoying! And no, none of the comments here apply to me; I'm not doing anything special. Brave is my browser. This is an annoying bug or misfeature, introduced recently. Please fix this - respect and persist the cookie settings a user makes. Users will change their settings when they want to - otherwise, leave them alone. Thx.
    – Drew
    Mar 30, 2023 at 15:06
  • This is really annoying. It just happened to me twice in a couple of minutes, browsing to SO from profile links on other SE sites.
    – PM 2Ring
    Nov 6, 2023 at 20:05
  • I see no reason why all logins to SE shouldn't also be logins to SO, AskUbuntu and any other site on the SE network and no reason why a "Necessary Cookies Only" preference can't be retained in our user data record. Come on SE !
    – Trunk
    Feb 8 at 12:15


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