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#1 nagromme

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 11:37 AM

I go through phases where Iím not super active hereóbut I still post maybe once a week or so (usually on News articles). And I always find that Iíve veen logged out, requiring me to go through extra screens. I know Iíd be more active if I didnít have to log in so often. (And some people may not bother figuring out why they canít postóthe message telling you so is a little vague.)

So a suggestion: could the number of days before your login expires be increased? I donít know what the delay is now (5-10 days?) but Iíd suggest 60 or 90 days at least. It would encourage participation from people who arenít heavy forum users.

Right now, if you donít post for a few days, youíre logged out automaticallyóa shorter delay than other forums Iím used to.

Just a thought. Thanks!

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:45 PM

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:59 PM

Hereís one. Let the grinding begin!

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 07:20 PM

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 08:44 AM

The delay is an internal hard set number SOMEWHERE in the code. Couldn't find it adjustable in the config files.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 10:00 AM

View PostFrigidman, on 19 February 2011 - 08:44 AM, said:

The delay is an internal hard set number SOMEWHERE in the code. Couldn't find it adjustable in the config files.
I was digging through the control panels and couldn't find a setting.  I found though that if you change computers or IP's it considers it a new session for security reasons.  Is that a factor nagromme?
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Posted 19 February 2011 - 11:56 AM

That could be possible: maybe people without a static IP get logged out automatically? Sounds like an unfixable issue if soóbut I can test later by forcing a new IP! Stay tuned...

My impression, though, is that I have never noticed it logging me out in just a day or soóand youíd think if it were the IP, Iíd have noticed that some time. It seems to be time-releated.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 12:52 PM

View Postnagromme, on 19 February 2011 - 11:56 AM, said:

That could be possible: maybe people without a static IP get logged out automatically? Sounds like an unfixable issue if so—but I can test later by forcing a new IP! Stay tuned...
I don't think so: I switch around between 3 different ISPs, depending on from where I go into the internet and partly come to this forum from different computers. I rarely have to log in again. I guess it's really the expiry date of the cookies. According to Safari, my current log-in cookie here expires on February 28, so it's probably only valid for 10 days or so.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 01:56 PM

At the very bottom of this page is a "Delete My Cookies" link.  Click on that and see if it's not caused by old or corrupt cookies.
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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:53 AM

Cookies deleted! Will see if it repeats.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 12:01 PM

Belated follow-up: cookie deletion didnít help. Iím still logged out every time I come back and try to post here.

I donít think itís a bug, just that I donít post super often. The current short logout time (a week? two?) discourages occasional contributors from participating. Maybe that setting is accessible somewhere? A month or three would be great!

Iíll probably never be a daily regular, but I bet a lot of people like me keep this site (and forums) as a bookmark for repeated ongoing use, even if we only post once a month or something.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:37 AM

Yeah, I have a "Daily Jam" button on my browser, which loads many forums in, I rarely read the new posts, but it loads them, so it keeps my session active in them all. Even though my actual POSTING is months between.

I understand what you mean, but its not something I can actually change, as there isn't a config setting for it. I wont dig into the bowels of IPB code for it.

At least it doesn't log you out after 1 day like some sites I USED to visit (which don't anymore, cause as you say, logging in each time is a pain).

Not sure what else to suggest. Its just IPB's way of "SECUREOMGWTF"... personally I don't see why it should matter. If someone hacked your laptop to use a auto-login cookie in a browser to some forum site... you have a LOT MORE to worry about. So why they make cookies die after like a week (?), is kind of stupid imo.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 11:16 AM

Good idea. You could also make it one of your Safari ďTop SitesĒ maybe?

Just thought Iíd report it in case itís configurableóthanks for trying!

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:47 PM

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 11:42 AM

The auto-logout happened in just 1 day this time. Maybe thereís some bug? I did clear my cookies, to no avail.

Oh, well. Just thought I should report it!

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:05 PM

In just one day?

Hrm. I was away for three and I was still logged in.

Wonder if its security is just being picky with you or something. Maybe your ISP changes huge ip blocks on you really often. Hell if I know.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:09 PM

No biggie, I just like to report accurately, if Iím going to report something :)

(If the login is IP-tied, that might explain everything! My IP does change.)

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:29 AM

For what it’s worth, the new forums also don’t let the browser remember your password (Safari 5, at least) compounding the issue.

I wish I knew what voodoo made browsers recognize a login for storage! It used to be just two fields, one named “password,” would do it. Not so simple anymore I guess.