I have a registered StackOverflow account which I normally log into using OpenID. Recently I logged out in order to post a question anonymously (supplying a fake name and of my secondary email addresses).

The problem now is that I'm logged in to StackOverflow as this "dummy" user, unable to see a way to log out. The top menu normally has a "logout" link, but when you aren't fully registered this link is replaced with "register". There is no "logout" link for me. :(


  • When logged out there is a "login" link.
  • When logged in there is a "logout" link.
  • When "logged in" with an unregistered account, there is only a "register" link (no "logout").

2 Answers 2


We do that to prevent people from irrevocably destroying unregistered accounts, as they are 100% browser cookie based.

You can probably guess the URL if you really need to do this:


  • 3
    This works perfectly, yet this approach surprises me ...
    – Tsasken
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 10:37
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    "unregistered" and "account" are contradictory. Bad design. Unregistered should mean unregistered, not "account without credentials".
    – Bachsau
    Commented Jun 26, 2019 at 16:29

Just delete the cookies your browser has saved for the site in question... That's all there is to keep you "logged in".

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    Or maybe just move them elsewhere for the time being. Otherwise you won't be able to use that same account again. Commented Sep 23, 2009 at 2:24
  • Note: Firefox 65 "lies" to me when I look at the cookies for this site by saying "None". Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 8:44
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    Use the dev tools -> storage tab, @AaronDigulla - it'll show you all the .stackexchange.com cookies too.
    – Shog9
    Commented Mar 15, 2019 at 22:50

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