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logout when already logged out

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  • Subject: logout when already logged out
  • From: Phil Pishioneri <pgp@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 09:36:11 -0400
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During a discussion with one of our graphic folks who is working on our customized pages, an interesting point came up:

When one is sitting on the verify logout page, and logs out elsewhere (either a time-out, or by manually going through logout in another window), and then attempts to logout of the first page, you get an error page with the message

Logout failed. Perhaps you were not logged-in?

While true at one level, is it really a problem?

If you are actually logged out (vs. some internal problem preventing logouts), mightn't it be less confusing for the client if the code just redirected back to the main page (as it does for a successful logout)?


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