If you don't want to go to the trouble of re-enabling cookies, just hit refresh after the display has bounced you back to the previous display. This will force the system to reload the page afresh and the logged in state will then be correctly displayed. This also works to correct the display after you have logged out as well...
For those who don't know, a cookie is a small packet of information that is stored locally on your machine by a browser. Our site uses these to record your username and that a correct login has been achieved - it also stores less vital information such as the date and time of your last visit so that the "active topics" page can be produced.
Cookies are <i>extremely</i> common in modern websites, and don't represent a significant security threat to your machine. Most browsers limit the maximun size of cookie to just a few % of your local hard drive, so that they can't take up too much space.
Sometimes it is possible for a cookie to become corrupted (strong word, but don't worry!); for example if you severe a connection either deliberately or accidentally whilst loading a key page. In this event the system may not be able to identify you, depending on the extent of the data corruption. This is a possible cause of the 'xxxxxxx' username Neil has mentioned.
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If you don't want to go to the trouble of re-enabling cookies, just hit refresh after the display has bounced you back to the previous display.
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I'm sorry, but I'm afaid not. Cookies <i>must</i> be enabled for the messageboards to work on your machine, unless you're a bit of a whizz with these things and have installed a client-side vitual web portal or equivalent. This was explained in the
you conceeded to; should anyone have problems enabling cookies please don't hesitate to ask and I shall post instructions - it's really not too complecated.
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