I can't seem to LOG OUT

I have been trying to log off for about 10 minutes now....it keeps bring me back to the page I tried to log off from, or to my "home" page.  I am using FireFox at the moment....updated version I think

Below is one screen shot result after publishing this topic and clicking Log Off:

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kelseymh6 years ago

I have confirmed this behaviour with FF 3.6.13 on my MacBook (MacOSX 10.5.8). Clicking the Logout link does not do anything except reload the page currently being viewed. I stay logged in, and any other I'bles tabs or windows also stay logged in after refresh.

I just looked at the page source. The Logout link in the masthead calls a JavaScript function, "logout();", which is defined in the page source as:

// TODO: we should wrap all this stuff in a test for user being EITHER logged out, OR logged-in via FB
function logout() {
// FB.logout() includes a redirect to whatever page the user was already on. For now, no FB logout! delete the cookie/log out from FB directly
// FB.logout();
doRedirect( "/account/logout" );

function doRedirect(loc) {
window.location = loc;

I wonder if the above code, with the "TODO" comments are new. I also wonder if doRedirect is incorrectly coded for the case of users with multiple tabs, rather than a "window." I just don't know enough JS to be sure.

I am going to try using the redirection URL from the source by hand, and see if that makes a difference.

Confirmed! Using https://www.instructables.com/account/logout explicitly does what you'd expect: removes the session cookie and displays the I'bles home page with "Sign up or log in" in the masthead.

So the bug is with the JS function doRedirect above.

Goodhart (author)  kelseymh6 years ago
Thank you for confirming that I wasn't going crazy :-)
kelseymh6 years ago
After you do the log off, do a hard reload of the page you're viewing. Firefox may be using the cached version.

You can also test whether your log off was successful by opening a new tab or window and going to I'bles home page "by hand." That should show you as not logged in.
Goodhart (author)  kelseymh6 years ago
Nope, the reload doesn't work either....it may be the new version of FF too...I will have to depend on the cookie being deleted after closing the browser I guess.
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Closing the browser worked to log me off (at least on my end), I just hate to depend on that form of logging off.
You shouldn't have to do that. The log-off on the site should trigger explicit removal (or at least rewriting) of the session cookie. I've got FF 3.6.13 right now; I will try logging off and post a top-level comment with my result (after logging back on).
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
and no, it still is not letting me log off normally.....
Goodhart (author)  kelseymh6 years ago
tried the second test already, and I get two instances logged on.
LoneWolf6 years ago
It may be a problem involving your browser, I just tried logging out and it worked for me, and I'm using IE8