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I'm assuming the fact there's no automatic login for English.SE, etc. is by design.

But why?


By "automatic login" I mean when a banner slides down saying something like "You've been logged in. Click here to refresh"

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It should work on all (non-meta) sites; however, it will only try once (otherwise the check would run everytime a not-logged in user visits any page). So if you visit english.se, then log in to diy.se, then go back to english.se, it won't try to auto-login again.

The login page is an exception -- it will always try there. Does it work on the english.se login page?

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  • Ok I understand now. I'm assuming by "try" you mean look for a session variable/cookie/etc? I opened another browser there and first I tried "if you visit english.se, then log in to diy.se, then go back to english.se, it won't try to auto-login again." and it didn't auto-login like you said. But then I restarted the browser, logged into webmasters.se, then went to english.se and it didn't log me then either. (Browser used: Firefox. Newest version) – Adam Lynch May 19 '11 at 13:22
  • @AdamLynch: Yes, that's what I meant by "trying"; the session lookup requires two additional HTTP requests. If you're intersted, Kevin has explained the process in some detail. – balpha May 19 '11 at 14:07

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