However that does not in any way impact on what I said. It is obvious that the forum persists state info as otherwise you would have to log in again on every click, so it must be using session cookies.
Now without delving into the contents of the cookie I was merely stating that the error most commonly occurs after a lengthy delay, that suggests a session timeout issue. I would be fairly confident that the cookie contains session time information, for revalidation requirements if nothing else, however I've not looked, so happy to be proved wrong.
The developer was saying it was hard to reproduce, I was providing a hopefully useful suggestion as to how to reproduce the error. I have absolutely NO issues with login or session cookies so I'm not sure why you suggested I needed to clear my cookie cache
I think, in your post, you explain what is happening, and that it is not a problem but intended design.
If a cookie is set and you wait around so long that the cookie expires, then yes you will be logged out.
ways to test it is to simply log in via URL you are not intended to log in as (i.e. if you normally do not have issues when logging in via http://www.wowace.com , try http://wowace.com ) after clearing your browser cookie cache.
Users simply need to clear their cookie cache to fix the whole "relog every page view" problem.
I'm really, really, really tired of spending 5-10 minutes typing out a thought-out response to a forum post, only to hit submit and be sent to a blank screen. And unlike most forums, hitting back on these forums does not preserve anything I'd typed in a field, meaning that everything I'd just written is gone. The last few times it's happened I haven't even bothered trying to remember everything I'd written. Please fix this extraordinarily annoying bug as soon as possible.
Also, please fix tabbing through form fields. The forum login page, for example. If I click in the username field, type my username, and then hit tab, every other site ever created on the entire Internet would focus the password field. What does this forum do? Skips the password field and focuses the "Remember me" checkbox. A second tab skips the "Login" button and focuses the "Reset" button. No amount of tabbing will ever focus the password field or "Login" button.
the "white page thing" is the php script error'ing. someone has to review the php error logs to figure it out. hitting backspace and losing your form data is because of how your editing and how your browser saves text in forms.
try going to user cp -> options , change the Message Editor Interface to Standard Editor or Basic Interface and don't use quick reply (they don't give you a choice to change to basic interface in the quick edit box).