The logout link is now missing for Stack Overflow as well as meta. Haven't check out the other sites.

Meta Screenshot

SO Screenshot

Any particular issue here?

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    guys, April Fool's not anywhere close :(
    – mauris
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:37
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    Oh man, I saw the empty bars up top thinking this was a related problem. Didn't even notice that there was no logout button until you brought it up. :) Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:40
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    Once you are in, THERE IS NO WAY OUT.... :) Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:41
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    We could logout? And get a life too... ;-). Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:52
  • Maybe it's a sign that we're on SO for way too long.
    – mauris
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:53
  • same thing by me Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 9:18
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    Should Stack Overflow be renamed The Hotel California?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 9:18
  • very good had the same problem Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 11:06
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    There was a logout button before? I'm kind of surprised by the number of people who actually noticed this. ;) Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 13:41
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    "The Hotel California"? USA-joke? someone mind explaining?
    – mauris
    Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 5:06
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    @thephpdeveloper: It's a reference to the song "Hotel California" by the Eagles, which features the lyric "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." (followed by an awesome guitar solo, I might add).
    – Evanesco
    Commented Feb 26, 2011 at 11:20
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    @thephpdeveloper: Some interpretations of Hotel California. Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 18:25
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    @mauris - i'm from USA and don't understand the joke either, no worries bro.
    – RyBolt
    Commented Nov 7, 2016 at 16:25

2 Answers 2


To supplement Rebecca Chernoff's answer:

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The link has been moved to your user profile. Click on your username at the top of the page and you will see the link there.

  • true+valid. but are we still keeping the logout link at the top? Surely we can have an announcement to tell people about it (RUP's managing change). We can remove the extra gray bar to prevent confusion.
    – mauris
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:44
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    IMO it's a grave mistake: people are used to have the logout link anywhere. It will scare many people away from SO, apart of making even more people really angry. Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:45
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    IMHO it's okay for me (and some people) because I NEVER use stack overflow on computers other than my own. It's just that the Logout link is a very common element for many websites when the user is authenticated.
    – mauris
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:50
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    A very small percentage of people use the link. Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:55
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    @Rebecca: Still, some kind of announcement for such things would be highly appreciated. I also wondered why that link suddenly disappeared, and I was pretty sure it was a temporary bug. It was just luck that I found this post! (EDIT: OK, I see that at least it's on the "Recent feature changes", but many people on the other .sx sites don't know about that one!) Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 8:59
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    @HendrikVogt, this post contains new and changed features. Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 9:00
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    @Rebecca it's more of a change-then-announce. IMHO I think the community prefers announce-then-change, no matter how small the change is (: thanks for the link too
    – mauris
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 9:03
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    I think this is an error, how can I teach someone to always log out of sites, if some sites don't have a log out link. Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 9:26
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    For goodness sake, please bring the link back to where it was.
    – Nav
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 11:01
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    For those thinking this is a bad idea, I would agree. But, it feels like there is another change coming soon to replace the button (and fill in that spot). I say, be patient and let the team do their thing. If after a week or two, there doesn't seem to be any progress, then we can start whining. :) Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 11:12
  • The link didn't really work well for me since the global network auto-login was introduced: I would often be logged back in when visiting some other SE site, and then coming back to the one I logged out from. Boldly clearing cookies and the HTML5 Local Storage works better for me.
    – Arjan
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 13:54
  • The only time I logged out from StackOverflow, was when I wanted to know, which cookies it sets for guests and for users ... good change.
    – NikiC
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 16:49
  • hey guys, I just calculated. Say if we have 100000 active users on SO, and each user loads 30 pageviews each day, by removing the link <a href="/users/logout?returnurl=/">log out</a>, we save 134.46807 mb worth of bandwidth every day! That's more than 4GB each month. #soMoneySavingTechniques
    – mauris
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 17:07
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    What a retarded thing to do. Almost every site on the web shows the logout link on every page. Making things harder is the right way to go :
    – Razor
    Commented Mar 9, 2011 at 2:28
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    Logging out is the fastest way to temporarily not ignore your ignore-tags. It is still useful. And from a security point of view, logging out should be one of those things that are impossible to miss from a user interface, no matter how infrequently used.
    – hlovdal
    Commented Mar 11, 2011 at 6:26

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