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Is there any way to extend the "sign in time" without clicking "remember me?" Everytime I have typed in a long and well thought out (I think so anyway) response to something it say's I need to log on because it expired or whatever and then I lose my whole response.:mad:
 

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I've never run into this. I can walk away from the computer for hours and come back and continue as if nothing had happened. And I don't think that's because I'm a moderator, as it seems to me I was always able to do that. (I was a moderator before the last software upgrade was done, though, and I suppose that could have changed something). I suspect it most likely has to do with your security setup not accepting a cookie. Check that. Otherwise, we'll need to wait for Mike to weigh in.
 

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Yeah. Probably cookies, most likely.
 

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Well it doesn't matter what the reason it is. It doesn't happen anywhere else I log into. It just happened again for the last time. One more time and I will be deleting my account.
 

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As frustrating as that sounds, why not just use Word or some other text editor to compose your posts? That way, if you do have this problem, you don't lose everything you typed. Another thing you might try is installing Firefox and using it for your browser, instead of Internet Exploder.
 

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After a bit of thought, I got my mind wrapped around your issue a little better. I did find the setting in the admin controls. It is 900 seconds of inactivity, which is 15 minutes. After that, yes, you have to log in again. But, I have done the re-login after composing a post and didn't lose the contents.

Before I change this, I need to run it past Alex. Not sure if this is just a default or if it was put in place due to security, etc.
 

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It would be the re-login then that's the hangup. And that likely goes right back to cookies and that may be the computer's security settings rather than the particular browser. Some security levels delete cookies as soon as you break the connection with a site. That it's not happening elsewhere it may be the timeout Mike mentioned.

Owing to the other problem this software version has had, with posts with certain words refusing to load in certain threads, I've taken to selecting my whole post (Ctrl+A, then Ctrl+C) to copy it to the clipboard before I tell it to post. That way, when I get one of those errors, I can then use the Go Back button and paste it right back in without losing it. Then I go looking for the word "f-r-o-m" (which usually proves to be the trigger for the problem, as it did in this post).
 

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I can not help with the computer settings but my experience agrees with uncle nick's- I can log on in the AM at either work or home computer and stay logged on all day. I will leave it on for hours and then come back to it and it is still logged on. I can not help you with the cure but evidently it must be fixable as I do not have the problem. Hope you find the answer. I did have a problem logging on to sites with my blackberry but traced that to improper Java settings. Maybe MikeG can help you.
 

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Think you're the first one to mention logging in on a phone! Optimizing web sites for phones is a pretty significant undertaking. I'm surprised it would work at all to be honest.
 

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GMFWoodchuck,

Another thought: Have you tried logging into your account from another computer, say, at a friend's house or at the library (if the library doesn't block firearms related sites). Then let a test post sit for 16 minutes on purpose and seeing if it posts?

I was mucking about in security settings not long ago, and find the higher settings will drop cookies after you log off, to avoid accumulating tracking cookies. If you are set up that way, it could be the problem.

The other setting I've run into that matters is choosing whether to let your browser remember passwords or not. Again, for higher security they can be set not to. In Firefox, for example, a window pops up and asks me if I want it to remember my password? For banking or or other critical sites I say "no". But for forums, I say "yes". This way, if my computer is stolen or hacked, that kind of information is annoying but harmless to have loose in the world, while the critical stuff is not.

Another setting that seems to kill my auto log-in in Firefox is deleting the browsing history. Not sure why, but suspect the memorized password is tied to it.
 
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