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    I wouldn't be surprised if I'm not seeing the obvious, but where is the 'Log Off' button?
    I really don't see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jst42daytoo View Post
    I wouldn't be surprised if I'm not seeing the obvious, but where is the 'Log Off' button?
    I really don't see it.
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    J.
    Not at all obvious!

    You simply decide you are not who you are:

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    and Click on the Click here
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    Brian Livingston
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    There's no need to log off the new Lounge, ever. You simply close your browser window if you don't wish to view the Lounge at a given moment. The Lounge keeps you signed in for as long as possible, Web-wise, so the next time you visit, you don't need to sign in on that PC.

    This will be made more obvious to novices with additions to the user interface soon. In the meantime, a visible "sign out" link might be deceptive to users. Many people don't know that closing a Web site in one browser window leaves them signed in if any other browser instance remains open. On a public computer, people should really close every instance of the browser and then reboot the PC. Explaining this to everyone who uses the Lounge is a challenge we hope to figure out a way to explain to users as soon as we can.

    Leif is correct that "click here" allows you to sign out, or another person to sign in. This is the same way Amazon.com does it (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). Signing out is never necessary except on a public computer, and we need to explain this to people. Of course, "don't remember be" is still available on the Lounge's sign-in page, and some novices are learning what this means, but certainly not all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Livingston View Post
    There's no need to log off the new Lounge, ever.... Signing out is never necessary except on a public computer...
    I think there may be many other occasions. Using a shared (or even non-shared) pc at work, using a shared pc at home that inquisitive children have access to, or even just having the peace of mind that old habits instil...

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    I sure do NOT want to leave any public computer with my account logged in.
    I also visit many a machine with issues and I have used "The Lounge" for many of the fixes.
    It would be better if there was a log out link.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    I have to agree, we need a visible (or better labelled) Logout link.

    Even on my own personal devices, I never allow a program to remember my username / password combinations. I can't take the chance that somebody will come along and use my credentials.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Livingston View Post
    There's no need to log off the new Lounge, ever. You simply close your browser window if you don't wish to view the Lounge at a given moment. The Lounge keeps you signed in for as long as possible, Web-wise, so the next time you visit, you don't need to sign in on that PC.

    This will be made more obvious to novices with additions to the user interface soon. In the meantime, a visible "sign out" link might be deceptive to users. Many people don't know that closing a Web site in one browser window leaves them signed in if any other browser instance remains open. On a public computer, people should really close every instance of the browser and then reboot the PC. Explaining this to everyone who uses the Lounge is a challenge we hope to figure out a way to explain to users as soon as we can.

    Leif is correct that "click here" allows you to sign out, or another person to sign in. This is the same way Amazon.com does it (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). Signing out is never necessary except on a public computer, and we need to explain this to people. Of course, "don't remember be" is still available on the Lounge's sign-in page, and some novices are learning what this means, but certainly not all.
    Logging in or out should be our choice and not yours. This is like the opt in by default "option" that you have to uncheck to opt out. It just shouldn't be that way. No if's, and's or buts.
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    Brian, I am tending to agree. I use this site at my main work, when I teach at college and when at home.

    I know that in the past we have had students who use the Lounge and use shared accounts/PC's, I don't think it is a role of WS to teach people that they should log out but an intuitive interface would make that obvious.

    You could simple change the wording to (Not jezza? Log Out) It just makes it that simpler to understand.
    Jerry

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    There is room in the same area, move the search box down and add a "Log Out" link between the two.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Brian Livingston
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    The link could be renamed "Sign out." (In the WS user interface, nothing is ever described as "logging" in or out, everyone signs in and signs out, so the directives are consistent everywhere.)

    Signed in: Leif (Not Leif? Sign out)

    With the new name, the link would still warn new visitors that someone else is signed in. Of course, its primary function would be to remind Members that they should sign out on public computers. If your PC is used by you and then by your children, that counts as a public computer, because the machine is not private to you.

    Thanks for reporting this.

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    Brian

    I think that is a good compromise, so yes go for it
    Jerry

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    The prompt has been changed to read "Sign out".

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