This started today (5 jun 2024) or yesterday. Example:

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Is this initiated by Google or by SE?
In the latter case, how can I disable this?

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From the answers/comments so far this seems to be a combination of Google one-tap and its SE implementation. I noticed these popups on random sites earlier, and I'm not the only one. But the answer provided in that last question does not seem to work on SE:

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I don't know who is initiating the prompt and if the company could have done something to prevent this behavior (it may be an unavoidable "feature" of the Google client plug-in). Yet I am pretty confident they knew about this beforehand since the original "Upcoming changes to sign-up flow on the Stack Exchange network" announcement stated that:

We’ll be removing the top banner currently shown to unregistered users on all sites. Instead, we will show a quick sign-up option as a smaller modal near the upper-right corner of the page, that allows users to sign-up using a Google account with a single click (assuming they’re logged in to that account on that browser). This is usually referred to as “Google one-tap.”

Anyway, I will leave further analysis to other users. Here, I just want to point out that as a (hopefully temporary) solution, you can use Adblock or UBlock Origin to stop the domain from loading on the network (this obviously assumes that you are using a Stack Exchange managed account, not a Google one... but I also suspect that if you where using a Google account, the prompt would just try to authenticate you silently)

  • I do indeed use Google to sign in on several SE sites
    – Jan Doggen
    Commented Jun 6 at 9:36

As mentioned in the comments, this relates to the changes mentioned in this previous announcement.

The prompt can be dismissed by clicking the X in its top right corner. It has an exponential cool down, as explained in the feature's dev implementation documentation — at its peak, after 4+ dismissals, you won't see it for 4 weeks.

In its current implementation, the dismissal is on a per-site basis. We're investigating if there are ways to make the dismissal apply cross-site.

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    That is a rather annoying implementation, anything that requires dismissal per site is already a problem for people that visit many different sites. And this one you have to dismiss again after a few hours, after a day and then after some weeks. I also assumed this would only happen for people with an active Google session, but it happens in incognito mode as well. Commented Jun 6 at 12:07
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    Repeated popups are bad UX. And worse, even this does not work.
    – Jan Doggen
    Commented Jun 6 at 12:41
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    I don't think this at all gets at the core of the question; unless the account you're logged in with to another Stack site is with Google one-tap, by showing that modal you're coaching the user to create a new account unlinked to the one they're currently logged in with on other sites! That sounds like a wildly confusing experience to me, unless there's some automatic merge that occurs.
    – zcoop98
    Commented Jun 6 at 15:12
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    Good point, @zcoop98 — that being said, given this comment, I read the main issue as being the fact that this keeps showing up on all sites.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jun 6 at 15:36
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    Given that this prompt is also shown to anonymous users (tested in Firefox private mode) and this reply confirming my assumption that this change was a "by design" decision and not a bug, I can't help but think to Philippe quote about the dumps "assure that community members have free access to them for legitimate usages that support the community" and this specific comment an user made back then..... Is this by chance the first step into trying to put content behind a login wall and turn the site into ExpertExchange? Commented Jun 6 at 15:39
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    [cont] Because I can tell you now that if someone is thinking that "forcing the users to create an account to view answers is a great way to increase the userbase numbers"... that is not going to work. I mean, what the company did here is suspiciously similar to the transition period sites like Twitter/X had before forcing users to have an account just to browse the site. Commented Jun 6 at 15:41
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    Fingers crossed whomever came up with this idea gets hiccups every time someone has to dismiss that ... popup. :P
    – Dan Mašek
    Commented Jun 6 at 22:22
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    I do a lot of SE browsing from the SE home page, but I'm only member of a very few of the sites. This "Sign in with Google" thing on practically every SE link I click on is EXTREMELY ANNOYING. Please get rid of it. Commented Jun 9 at 16:34

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