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Awitt
920980.  Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:19 am Reply with quote

Is there any way I can leave the computer for awhile, and not have to log back in when I return to these forums? It's getting rather annoying to have to do that, when other sites I belong to don't have that feature.

 
dr.bob
921011.  Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:23 am Reply with quote

I'm afraid the forums are set up to automatically log people off if they show no activity for just over an hour.

That's to stop the databases getting clogged up with lots of sessions which are no longer relevant.

 
'yorz
922661.  Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:55 am Reply with quote

dr.bob, I've been complaining about this for the past few days. It's happening constantly. When I minimise the page, and open it up even after a few minutes, I have to log in again.
Can you or anybody explain in s-i-m-p-l-e terms what I have to do? If it has to do with resetting and/or cookies - I don't have a clue.

 
bemahan
922686.  Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:41 am Reply with quote

I've been having problems with mine too. It seemed to be logging me out all th time and then other times not at all. So I clicked on the 'keep me logged in' thing which seems to be working but I don't like using it and can't find how to change it back.

 
steward00
940247.  Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:52 am Reply with quote

It's getting rather annoying to have to do that, when other sites I belong to don't have that feature.

 
Jenny
940321.  Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:46 am Reply with quote

I just set the computer to remember my password and log me in automatically.

 
WordLover
1080236.  Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:25 pm Reply with quote

dr.bob wrote:
I'm afraid the forums are set up to automatically log people off if they show no activity for just over an hour.

That's to stop the databases getting clogged up with lots of sessions which are no longer relevant.
I can quite understand why you'd want to avoid databases getting clogged up with lots of sessions which are no longer relevant (or the cookies for those sessions, I take it), but I see that nowadays the forums are set up to log people off after about 2 minutes. This is a pathetically short period of time. My interest even in responding to a single message won't be sated in such a short time, never mind perusing the whole board, so all that this short session-expiry time does in practice is to force users to keep logging on. So the databases will still get clogged up -- just with a greater number of shorter-lived sessions, that's all.

Please could the time period be made something more practicable? An hour seems not unreasonably long.

 
suze
1080282.  Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:12 pm Reply with quote

It seems to be a bit random. I have experienced what you report - being logged out after only a few minutes - but I've also experienced going away from the computer for well over an hour and still being logged in when I returned.

Is the number of other people logged in at the particular time relevant, and one is more likely to be logged out in short order when the forums are busy?

 
WordLover
1080311.  Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:33 am Reply with quote

It's happened 3 times so far this morning, the second and 3rd times being in this thread: I've prepared a reply to a thread, logged in, and in the time it's taken to paste my reply into the box and click Submit, my session has expired. This is an impractically short time IMO.

 
dr.bob
1080336.  Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:54 am Reply with quote

The forums are currently set up to automatically log people out after 75 minutes.

If you're being logged out after any time less than this, it indicates there's a problem somewhere.

When you log in, the forum software stores a cookie on your browser. If this cookie is deleted for whatever reason, then you will be immediately logged out of your session. Is it at all possible that some other software might be "helpfully" cleaning up cookies on your browser and deleting the one for the talk forums?

 
WordLover
1080470.  Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:59 pm Reply with quote

Thank you, Dr. Bob, for that suggestion! I looked through Firefox's list of "Exceptions" to its general policy on cookies, and found that it was set to block all qi.com cookies. Now I admit that I had to reinstall Firefox fairly recently, after I had to replace the PC's hard disk. But I've been on the QI forums for years and never blocked it like that. So it was just me. Sorry about that.

 
dr.bob
1080490.  Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:47 am Reply with quote

No problem. Glad it wasn't a wider problem with the forum software :)

 

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