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I joined EL&U a day or so ago, and at first had no problems, then suddenly earlier today, the site refused to recognise me. This seemed to be a feature of accessing the site via the Chrome browser, which insisted I log on via google, and I finally got round the problem by switching to the Edge browser.

One odd thing was that this suddenly began happening, for no apparent reason.

Has anyone else encountered this glitch/bug/problem/feature?

  • I have been using google chrome which asks me to log in once using my google account. After that the browser keeps me logged in (even if I close individual tabs / windows) as long as I don't specifically log out -- so if you are having login issues you might try to login using chrome and remain logged in, so as to avoid repeated logging in and attendant issues. – English Student Jun 7 '17 at 15:09
  • I initially signed up with the email/password option (which is where I am now) but Chrome currently insists I enter via my google account. If I do, I'm a blank slate. :-( . This is obviously not a problem if you initially register via google, but I didn't, partly because I never check my gmail account, and wanted to use my normal email address. Currently, the log-on-via-Edge fudge seems to be working, so I suppose I'll have to live with that. – Robin Hamilton Jun 7 '17 at 15:30
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    Does it happen if you're in an incognito window in Chrome? Does it happen if you disable all your Chrome add-ons? – Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Jun 7 '17 at 15:35
  • @RobinHamilton If any one login method works, then it's fine -- see if you can remain logged in, if your browser allows that -- I appreciate your recent comments on certain questions; both your interest and your expertise are most welcome at this English language & usage website! – English Student Jun 7 '17 at 15:35
  • Many thanks everyone -- this clears it up a bit. I might try the "incognito window" option. The only reason I use Chrome at all is because a [free -- and exceedingly useful] program which I use constantly -- Zotero -- doesn't [yet] work with Edge. I had a singularly unpleasant few hours when I was (essentially) cut off from your society! And thanks to @English Student for the kind remarks. – Robin Hamilton Jun 7 '17 at 15:44
  • @RobinHamilton you are most welcome; and I hope you will be a regular and active member here! – English Student Jun 7 '17 at 15:48
  • Logging on via a Chrome incognito window worked! Whoopie! (Thanks, @ Mr. Shiny and New.) – Robin Hamilton Jun 7 '17 at 17:08
  • @RobinHamilton Do take note that Incognito will not keep you signed in, and you'll see a fresh sign in screen when you restart the browser. – NVZ Jun 7 '17 at 17:20
  • Having used the "Incognito" option for a little bit, it's a total pain, actually worse than having to run two separate browsers. So I think I'll go back to Edge for EL&U, and Chrome (mostly for the sake of access to Zotero) for Everything Else. Between the Devil and a hard place, as they say ... – Robin Hamilton Jun 7 '17 at 18:03
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    You might try FireFox, which is also free and has a lot of the nice things about Chrome but doesn't strong-arm you into using your Google account for everything... – ColleenV Jun 8 '17 at 2:28
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    Hey, that's an idea! Zotero works with it, so it trumps Edge that way. Going to try that now. Why I use Zotero, incidentally -- it's a Web-page-saver + bibliography program, so for me it kills two birds with one stone. I dump virtually everything into it. Neat! [And no, they don't pay me to say things like that. :-) ] – Robin Hamilton Jun 8 '17 at 6:58

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