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Subject: Please let me stay logged in for longer.
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:12 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2007
Posts: 81
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I don't know how long the option is but it never seem to be more than a day for me.  I'd love the option to stay logged in for a month.

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
Posts: 15,200
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Is it a new symptom? Are you checking the box for keeping you logged on? I never have to log on again until I clean up my cookies once I check that box when logging in. It could be your local machine doing it. Are you running any security software that might be deleting  your cookies every day?

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 7:30 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2007
Posts: 17,195
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Merrill,

If your browser settings are set to clear your cache and cookies each time you close it down you will have to log in each time.  Double check your settings and you should be able to go the full two weeks without having to log back in.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/2/2009 8:42 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
Posts: 4,139
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Make sure you check the "remember me" box when you login. Then...

Do not click on the logout link.

Do not delete your cookies.

Do not install any software that's designed to preserve privacy or remove your browsing history.

Always use the same browser.

Always use the same Windows login.

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 8:40 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2007
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Thanks.  I will give those things a try.

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 9:30 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
Posts: 5,505
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You know, months ago folks were complaining that suddenly they could not stay logged in.  Since that was happening to us, I followed the thread for a bit, but not long enough to see if there was a resolution.  I got tired of constantly having to log in.  Now, months later, if I am logged in, get up and wander about doing whatever for half an hour, when I come back, I have to relog in.  I'll bet there are instances when the time is shorter than 30 minutes.  But I've not timed it.  Easily this has been going on here for over a year.

Yes, I click the right box and have the cookie...for 3 years everything was fine, then suddenly a year ago something went screwy.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 2:36 AM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
Posts: 262
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The exact same thing is happening to me as it is to Bonnie.  If I am reading book descriptions and spend time on forums, then go back to another page, all of a sudden it is the log-in page instead of what I had left previously.  And this is right in the middle of the session, where login has occurred just an hour or so earlier.  Like Merrill, I am never able to stay logged in for a week or even a day.  Used to be able to do that when I first joined, but not any more.  Same computer, same settings as before.  I have tried to adjust the cookie retention (?) but also do not want to give up privacy.  And shouldn't have to, if it worked previously.  It is very annoying, but something that I feel resigned to since I do not want to give up visiting the site here.   D.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/6/2009 9:57 AM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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When you see the login screen while you're in the middle of a session, do you have to type in your password, or is it automatically logging you in? If you've clicked the remember me box and haven't deleted your cookies then you will still see the login screen quite often, but it should automatically go through without you having to type in your password or click on anything. This works for me in both Firefox 3 and IE 8. If I'm browsing a discussion forum and then I get a phone call, I come back a half hour later and click on the next topic I want to read. I see two screens that indicate I'm being logged in again and then the topic I clicked on is shown. It's still only one click, it just takes a little longer to get there than it would if I hadn't been idle for 30 minutes.

Login processing is not likely to change any time soon. People are paranoid about security and what we have now is more secure than it was when I first joined. Personally, I am not paranoid about security on a book swapping site that doesn't have my credit card info and I wouldn't care if my login info were saved in plain text inside a cookie that never expires, but I know a lot of people do care about this stuff.

Also, maintaining sessions requires server resources. There used to be around 750 people online at one time, now there are usually almost 2500 people online. Logging people off after 30 minutes keeps the site from having to buy bigger servers sooner.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 8:05 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2006
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I'm having this issue over at SwapaDVD,but not here.  Nothing new, haven't cleaned anything out...just suddenly I cannot stay logged in for more than a day for sure (some days I have to log in more than once, I think, but I wouldn't swear to it).  It's a little irksome, but not a big deal in the grand scheme so I've mostly been ignoring it and just logging in every day, lol.

It is very annoying, but something that I feel resigned to since I do not want to give up visiting the site here.   D.

Exactly, LOL.

Date Posted: 10/6/2009 8:19 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2009
Posts: 160
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I personally would love to stay logged in forever or until I myself clicked logout.

Date Posted: 10/7/2009 1:46 AM ET
Member Since: 1/12/2009
Posts: 262
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I personally would love to stay logged in forever or until I myself clicked logout.

 

Wouldn't THAT be nice?!   I really do think something has changed in the last few months b/c I used to be able to stay logged in for at least the two weeks.  Now, it's a new login every day.  Maybe they should just remove that request...  Although  it sounds like not everyone is affected by this glitch, it would level the playing field, so to speak.       :)   D.