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It is not a "more human" way of communicating; it is an alienating and implies that the system cannot remember that it was, in fact, me who signed in. A more human way to communicate that message is: "(insert user name), you can sign out here when you're ready".


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If data loss is the result of beeing logged out automatically, always make sure the user is aware of the expiration. For example my bank will remind you on every page that your session will expire in a few minutes. If the user may login any time and resume where he left, the expiration time is not much of a concern. Implement a "Keep me logged in" checkbox ...


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Warning: This is an opinion and have no way to demonstrate the validity of the answer other than the Duck Test or Occam's Razor. It's not that they don't know what they're doing. They did have easy to find logout buttons before. Now they don't, for what it appears to be another chapter in corporate wars The whole philosophy behind this is to keep the ...


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I like Splatz answer, but I'd like to add why some deliberate attempts make sense: The logout function is not that used on some websites, such as some email providers. Lots of users only read their emails at home on devices they trust, so they never logout. When using a public device they use the private mode of the browser they're using, so closing the tab ...



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