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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

This is good, in theory. However, I'm rather upset that you've gone with the status quo and decided to use dark patterns. Just take a look at this: The primary button is the “accept all”. If people ...
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Why is the Google Analytics cookie defined as "strictly necessary" and saved without consent?

We are committing to recategorizing the Google Analytics cookie as a “Performance Cookie” by May 13, 2022. (Update: This change was made on Tuesday, May 10th; we spent the remaining days monitoring it,...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

Just a quick addition to point out why a company choosing privacy as the default may be better off in the long run when compared to a company that annoys their users by making it more difficult to ...
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How does one Stack Exchange site know that I'm logged in to the other?

Once you get authenticated on a single site, the full.js gets loaded, which has a function UniversalAuth.performAuth() which gets called. That function starts with an XMLHttpRequest POST to /users/...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Dumb question but - are these cookies per site or network wide? More precisely, if I set them on AU today, will it take effect network wide either now, or as the feature gets rolled out?
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What is the IAmHappyWhereIAm cookie set by careers.stackoverflow.com?

I added this. When we introduced localization, there used to be a popup for where-to-direct-you to the site we thought you might prefer; it was part of our plan to increase exposure for our ...
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How do I dismiss the new cookie popup that appears on the site?

Here’s a uBlock Origin filter to disable it: stackexchange.com##.js-consent-banner superuser.com##.js-consent-banner stackoverflow.com##.js-consent-banner mathoverflow.net##.js-consent-banner ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

status-planned With the "Your privacy" dialog having been put into production, I am seeing the following problems. Firstly, I have found significant usability issues on Firefox (87.0 (64-bit)...
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Stop tracking users without their consent

We are committing to recategorizing the Google Analytics cookie as a “Performance Cookie” by May 13, 2022. (Update: This change was made on Tuesday, May 10th; we spent the remaining days monitoring it,...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

These are called Dark Patterns, also called deceptive designs. This problem could be eliminated by having an extra option called "Only necessary cookies". Additionally, to prevent Privacy ...
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The cookie consent dialog (coming from cookielaw.org) keeps popping up

Three times (different days) I’ve sat down when it’s quiet and reviewed my settings and extensions and I can’t figure why I can’t accept cookies effectively on all my devices either. Abhi’s comment ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

The big question: Why replacing the reasonably sized footer initially pictured in the question with an intrusive banner? What is the benefit it accomplishes that outweights it being a huge annoyance? ...
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Make cookie preferences configurable in profile

For registered users, we're working on storing cookie preferences against your account so that your preferences are saved across our different domains. That will save you from having to set ...
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John Oliver calling out Stack Exchange cookie dialog

The first option counting from the top on the main popup should be: "Reject everything." I stopped browsing sites that don't offer a convenient "reject all" option and am glad to ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Can you give some examples of functionalities that may stop working if users disable Functional Cookies? Functional Cookies These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and ...
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Firefox, the cookie monster?

Firefox should be happy once again. The `.ASPXBrowserOverride` cookie is no longer being served. Fun fact: we resolved this issue on the whole network back in October 2012. Here is the fix, just '...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

bugstatus-completed In the mobile web version of the site, the footer link is called 'consent management' instead of 'Cookie settings'. Not that that's wrong, but it could cause confusion.
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Can I have my flair without the cookie, please?

Thanks for the request, Serge. This is implemented (or de-implemented I guess?) now. It wasn't our intention to bake a prov cookie on this route so we won't anymore. This should be fixed for both ...
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Could the cookie banner please be made less intrusive?

I also found that cookie banner to be unnecessarily large in size. The answer from SE so far says: "we need the cookie banner to be visible enough that it won’t be missed. but it can still be ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

Thank you for creating a real choice here, one that makes it reasonably easy to opt out of non-essential cookies. There are far too many versions of this dialog that are intentionally annoying. I did ...
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How do I dismiss the new cookie popup that appears on the site?

There is a reported bug cookielaw.org keeps popping up that for iPad / iPhone / Mac (Safari) users this popup always returns on the next page load, no matter what you try. That needs to be fixed first ...
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Is it possible to sign in to all Stack Exchange sites without cookies?

In order to keep you signed in without prompting for name and password, a site must use cookies. You said yourself: I also delete cookies on every browser exit And: I do have Firefox / Privacy &...
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Facebook cookies in linked profile pictures

The problem would be fixed when profile pictures would be copied to the Stack Exchange servers and served from there. Meanwhile, you can take steps to protect yourself from 3rd party tracking ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

If you do not allow [performance cookies] we will not know when you have visited our site Does this mean that if one browses the site with performance cookies disabled, their site visits won't be ...
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Why is Stack Exchange using dark patterns on its cookie permission dialog?

The UX logic is Dark = Usual/recommended Light = Unusual In the first dialogue there are two choices. Sure you're encouraged at this point to accept all cookies. That's not really the point of your ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

I noticed this came out a while ago and since it’s still in testing I thought I would ask: could this be saved by account? Ironically, as it is now, clearing my cookies seems to make the site give me ...
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We’re adding more user controls for cookie consent

I have problems with this new feature, as reported at Cross Validated asking ad nauseam about accepting cookies? which was closed. Many details there, also in comments. I am on Ubuntu linux (20.10 ...
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sstatic.net is getting cookies even though it says cookieless

The short of it: I get one cookie from Cloudflare, used to track you as a legitimate user, and Cloudflare wasn't in use when that page was created/no one's bothered to update it. Now, in story form: ...
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