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Gary Wooding24/07/2019 12:04:03
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In the past few days I've been logged off this site about 5 times. Why?

Usually, my logon lasts for weeks, but this morning I not only had to logon again, but a couple of hours later I wanted to post something. After composing the post I was told I had to login again. I logged in and found my post had been deleted and had to re-compose it. Grrh.

Bazyle24/07/2019 12:13:00
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I think if you access the site from more than one device it only lets one work at a time. If you used a phone or tablet that might be trying to connect you in the background.
If you need to re-login half way through try using right click and open in another tab for the login action. It does let you run multiple sessions on the same computer.

Michael Gilligan24/07/2019 12:51:39
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Additional to Bazyle's reply: You are also at the mercy of 'contention'

[ 'though I have no idea what algorithm makes the decision to switch active users ]

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not done it yet24/07/2019 13:31:16
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Gary,

Only 5 times in the last few days? You are a lucky fellow. Probably ten times each day is more like I get!

Emgee24/07/2019 13:40:20
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Posted by Gary Wooding on 24/07/2019 12:04:03:

In the past few days I've been logged off this site about 5 times. Why?

Usually, my logon lasts for weeks, but this morning I not only had to logon again, but a couple of hours later I wanted to post something. After composing the post I was told I had to login again. I logged in and found my post had been deleted and had to re-compose it. Grrh.

Gary, perhaps your internet settings are clearing the cache and other links and history after each web visit, that may be worth checking.

Emgee

Vic24/07/2019 15:43:26
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Posted by not done it yet on 24/07/2019 13:31:16:

Gary,

Only 5 times in the last few days? You are a lucky fellow. Probably ten times each day is more like I get!

Yes, same here!

It only ever happens on this site as well.

martin perman24/07/2019 15:52:34
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i can only assume I'm doing something wrong as I am logged on 24/7 and only drop out once every blue moon.

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Gary Wooding24/07/2019 15:55:50
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I'm using only one device and this started to happen only a week or so ago.I'll treat it as an annoyance.then.

Baz24/07/2019 16:12:42
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I am having the same problem, I only access forums from an iPad, tick the remember me box when I log in and this site logs me out about six times a day, another forum I follow I think I have been logged in since Christmas.

Bandersnatch25/07/2019 00:57:46
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Just to add to the reasons for getting unceremoniously logged out - since I've never seen it mentioned:

I have a bar of bookmarks on my toobar in FF, one of which is an ME folder which opens to five links to various ME site pages. Sometimes, instead of left clicking on the folder, I unthinkingly centre-click ... which of course opens all five links in separate tabs.

This will unfailingly get me logged off !

Neil Wyatt25/07/2019 15:36:31
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I think an earlier thread came up with at least five ways our system can decide to log you out.

In short, it's a bit of a lottery but there are a few things to avoid like multiple computers, deleting cookies or ISPs who frequently change your computer's IP address at random.

Neil

JasonB25/07/2019 15:46:21
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Posted by Bandersnatch on 25/07/2019 00:57:46:

Just to add to the reasons for getting unceremoniously logged out - since I've never seen it mentioned:

I have a bar of bookmarks on my toobar in FF, one of which is an ME folder which opens to five links to various ME site pages. Sometimes, instead of left clicking on the folder, I unthinkingly centre-click ... which of course opens all five links in separate tabs.

This will unfailingly get me logged off !

Must be a FF thing as I usually have a couple or more ME tabs open at the same time. Often udd photos to an album in one while posting on another and don't get logged off.

Neil Wyatt25/07/2019 18:14:32
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Not a firefox issue.

Neil

Bandersnatch25/07/2019 19:18:29
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Posted by JasonB on 25/07/2019 15:46:21:

Must be a FF thing as I usually have a couple or more ME tabs open at the same time. Often udd photos to an album in one while posting on another and don't get logged off.

Well a couple or more isn't five of course but to check, I went through the list and opened them one by one .... and didn't get logged off. Similarly, when I browse the "Latest Posts" lists I typically middle-click on the ones of interest to open them in separate tabs and then go through and read them. I often have 5 to 10 tabs open without a problem.

I can only assume that, when I do what I referred to in my previous post, the rapid repeat-rate of the consecutive requests is a problem (I have a fast internet connection).

vic newey25/07/2019 21:16:15
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Logins are stored on your computer with cookies, if the cookie gets deleted somehow then your log in is lost.

Using Firefox myself i have all my logins stored in 'manage permissions' this keeps just those cookies and all other ones get deleted every time I close Firefox.

The amount of cookies from just one hour browsing can be considerable and many of these will be following your browsing habits and generally tracking you.

V8Eng25/07/2019 22:36:04
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The security advice from many sources is to log out from websites when leaving them, advice I try to make a habit of following.

Edited By V8Eng on 25/07/2019 22:40:13

David GW10/01/2020 17:32:50
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I have to log in pretty much every time I open my iPhone despite always leaving the page open in safari, and the remember me box just doesn’t. It’s annoying because other forums will stay logged in indefinitely on the same phone.

old mart10/01/2020 18:00:26
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I have noticed that the little box with "stay logged in" or something like that, occurs at random. I try to stay logged in by minimising the active page and opening a new page, it works most of the time. When I have finished with the computer, it gets fully closed down and the power switched off, so I am used to logging on to all forums and the like.

bricky10/01/2020 18:20:42
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Not being knowledgable on computers, I thought having to keep logging in was acceptable procedure,and I use firefox.

Frank

JasonB10/01/2020 18:24:15
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David are you using any other means to access the forum between using your phone as that will log you off as will where the phone pics up it's internet connection.

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