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 Feb 25 '11 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. :) – Jeff Mercado Feb 25 '11 at 8:40
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    Once you are in, THERE IS NO WAY OUT.... :) – codingbadger Feb 25 '11 at 8:41
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    We could logout? And get a life too... ;-). – Toon Krijthe Feb 25 '11 at 8:52
  • Maybe it's a sign that we're on SO for way too long. – mauris Feb 25 '11 at 8:53
  • same thing by me – Nachshon Schwartz Feb 25 '11 at 9:18
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    Should Stack Overflow be renamed The Hotel California? – ChrisF Feb 25 '11 at 9:18
  • very good had the same problem – Pankaj Kainthla Feb 25 '11 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. ;) – Bill the Lizard Feb 25 '11 at 13:41
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    "The Hotel California"? USA-joke? someone mind explaining? – mauris Feb 26 '11 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 Feb 26 '11 at 11:20
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    @thephpdeveloper: Some interpretations of Hotel California. – P.Mort. - forgot Clay Shirky_q Apr 14 '11 at 18:25
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    @mauris - i'm from USA and don't understand the joke either, no worries bro. – RyBolt Nov 7 '16 at 16:25

To supplement Rebecca Chernoff's answer:

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    Not even just supplementing, you are correcting! The logout link isn't on your profile anymore. – Daniel DiPaolo Apr 14 '11 at 19:59
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    This screenshot is outdated. See meta.stackexchange.com/a/210187/142481 for updated information – Greg Bray Jan 27 '16 at 1:27
  • This answer doesn't work. – user370230 Oct 5 '17 at 8:48

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 Feb 25 '11 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. – Shadow The Vaccinated Wizard Feb 25 '11 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 Feb 25 '11 at 8:50
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    A very small percentage of people use the link. – Rebecca Chernoff Feb 25 '11 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!) – Hendrik Vogt Feb 25 '11 at 8:59
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    @HendrikVogt, this post contains new and changed features. – Rebecca Chernoff Feb 25 '11 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 Feb 25 '11 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. – Ian Ringrose Feb 25 '11 at 9:26
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    For goodness sake, please bring the link back to where it was. – Nav Feb 25 '11 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. :) – Jeff Mercado Feb 25 '11 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 Feb 25 '11 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 Feb 25 '11 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 Feb 25 '11 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 Mar 9 '11 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 Mar 11 '11 at 6:26

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