Yes, I do shut down my computer overnight - but I always have and never needed to log in to the forums - I was always connected as myself (definitely not a guest).
Suddenly, two or three days ago, I was prompted to associate my Adobe userid with my forum userid, which I did. Since then I have needed to log in every time.
I am running Windows XP SP2 and using IE. IE does remember my userid (when I type in the 1st letter) and my password, but it's still a pain. And for the past number of years, it has not been necessary!
Selby... what I said... http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.59b7ec5b/43
>Since then I have needed to log in every time
That is by design, and happened to (almost?) everyone who logged in after 5pm US Pacific time on Friday the 13th (when I turned my work computer off) and 8am US Pacific time on Monday the 16th (when I turned my work computer back on)
Between those (approximate) times all forums were set to CHANGE the Adobe cookies from permanent to session... so each time you exit your web browser, you must login again when you come back to a forum
As far as I know (unless and until the web engineers change something again) you will continue to have to login every time... until the new forum software is activated in April
John (Smith), I think that is close, but not quite. The account merging that is being discussed is not adobe forum and macromedia forum, but forum ids and adobe.com logins. In the new system, we will login with our adobe ids, not our adobe forum (or macromedia forum) ids.
Following are excerpts/paraphrases from John Cornicello's posts 15, 39, and 42 from the following link. And, John (Cornicello), thank you for all the help and information you are providing. I hope I stated the current information correctly.
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> If you don't link your login [so that the login for the forums and adobe.com are the same,] all of your messages that get moved from this [forum] system to the new one will say they were posted by "Guest" and you will be starting anew. If you link your accounts your old messages will have your name attached to them in the new system. It is your choice.
> On Friday [2/13, the permanent cookie] was disabled ... [because] if we didn't turn off the cookie folks not logging in would [not be prompted to associate their forum and adobe.com accounts and would therefore] ... lose all their old content.
> I don't know yet [whether the cookie change to session cookies will be permanent and if not, when they will change]. I think it really depends on how many users go through the account migration/association path. In the two or three weeks before the cookie changed only 96 people configured their accounts. Since Saturday there have been about 1900. So, from that point of view it appears to be working.
> I can tell you that the security folks are happier with the session cookies because of the situation of people using shared computers (libraries, etc.) and not remembering to log out.
> A number of us now stay logged in after a computer shut-down (but not after a browser quit).
I don't understand that. How can you shun-down without quitting the browser? Are you hibernating the computer? I do that routinely, and I am not logged out. But I have not quit the browser nor shut down. These session cookies must be very persistent! I wonder if the problems it might bring would be worth testing whether a user has migrated and assigning a permanent cookie if you have.
> if I was batting at least .500 in baseball (and not using steroids to get there) I'be be worth about 12 Million dollars a year
And if you were batting the .995 you're batting here, they'd probably cover up the steroids.... Ha, ha! John C will probably wake up this morning, correct me, and I'll be back on the bench!
John - what I was hoping for was a check box in the login dialog that would result in a persistent cookie. This would not be on an account basis, but would simply affect the cookie on a particular machine. The default could be "off" to make the security people happy.
This sounds as if the problem emanates from attempting to tie a Customer's Adobe ID to a Forum User's ID?
While it would be extremely bad if an Adobe Account was inadvertently left open on a public machine (such as a one in a Public Library) so that any subsequent user could see listed software SNs etc.; having to log in every time I reboot my Mac (which is at least once a day and often more frequently than that) is pretty irritating.
Shutting down a Mac quits you automatically out of ALL running applications including Browsers and e-mail.
The only relationship between the cookie issue and the association of accounts is the timing of them. The associating of IDs didn't cause the cookie issue. But the cookie issue was a necessary evil to get people to see the page to associate the accounts.
Security folks are not involved in this. I just said (or tried to) that this probably made people interested in web security happier.
> While it would be extremely bad if an Adobe Account was inadvertently left open on a public machine (such as a one in a Public Library) so that any subsequent user could see listed software SNs etc.;
I thought of that. I am a little concerned about the security of being linked to the Adobe ID.