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Mar 11, 2012, 8:33pm Top

Dear Group,

When looking at the books I share with another members,
I prefer to see them in "author" order, and thus when I find a new/unknown member I choose that as an option and save it.
I also clean out my cookies most nights (hey, everyone needs a hobby...) and have noticed that the LT cookie probably holds that sort order.

This led me to wonder what other LT info. is held in our ephemeral cookies? Can I find out? where?


Mar 11, 2012, 11:52pm Top

Thanks for the note. Some things are within your cookies, some are held on the server but tied to a unique cookie, and some are tied to your user id directly.

I wish I had more, but it would take some time to inventory it all.

Mar 12, 2012, 2:24am Top

Care to comment on whether the cookies should mean we have to re-login every single month? I've found this to be the case but I thought you said we should be able to stay logged in for a long time.

Whole thread detailing it here:

Mar 12, 2012, 6:14pm Top

The cookies should remain, but you are logged out if your IP changes.

Mar 12, 2012, 6:27pm Top

Arg. One important cookie was set to a monthly expiration. I've made some changes. Now no cookie is less than 1 year. I've confirmed this, clearing my cookies, getting in and looking at their expirations.

You'll be logged out once more, as I don't want to get into changing the expiration of already-set cookies.

Mar 12, 2012, 6:30pm Top

Cool. Thanks for checking and 'correcting'. It wasn't as if it was a great hardship to login again every month, but if it was unintended, it best to have it sorted.

Mar 12, 2012, 6:35pm Top

I can see an argument for it, but perhaps more on a banking site.

It DOES still log you out if your IP changes. I think this is a good precaution. But it can annoy.

Mar 12, 2012, 6:38pm Top

>7 timspalding:

Are you sure?
I am traveling a lot and connecting to whatever network the hotel/customer provides (not to mention airports and what's not)... I do not remember logging in anew every single time.

I will keep an eye next time I travel. (and yes - I am on DHCP so my IP changes - causes me enough headaches with some softwares so I notice...)

Mar 12, 2012, 6:59pm Top

Oh thank god. I'd just about given up on this. Logging in once a month isn't a huge hassle. Well, on my laptop. It tends to be more of a hassle on my iPad. And my android tablet. And especially my phone with it's tiny keyboard. (And occasional media PC and/or netbook.)

First world (developer's) problems, indeed.

Just glad it's fixed. I owe you a beer, guido.

(And AnnieMod - I agree with you on the IP thing. I roam the wifi with my phone {no data plan} and have never noticed having to log in. I'm going to pay extra attention now.)

Mar 12, 2012, 11:17pm Top

>9 brightcopy:

Apologies. No. It's not all cookies. It's only related to posting on Talk somehow. If you start to post to Talk, then change your IP, it balks.

Mar 12, 2012, 11:48pm Top

Oh, you mean change IPs in the MIDDLE of composing a message, right?

Mar 13, 2012, 12:08am Top


Mar 13, 2012, 12:09am Top

Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification.

Mar 13, 2012, 12:10am Top

Hm - I tend to start messages at home and post at airports occasionally but I would usually reload to see for new comments (which probably clears whatever balks). Good to know though.

Mar 13, 2012, 5:14am Top

This must mean that my ISP changes my IP mid-session. I almost never need to sign in when I come to LT, but every now and then I get signed out in the middle of doing something.

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