Computer crashed; it logged me out in AskMe but not here - error message inside February 8, 2006 8:54 AM   Subscribe

Computer crashed; it logged me out in AskMe but not here (?). Attempting to login at AskMe returns the following error:

Error Occurred While Processing Request
Element CAPTCHATEXT is undefined in FORM.


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posted by Tuwa to Bugs at 8:54 AM (6 comments total)

Did you fill out the captcha?
posted by graventy at 9:02 AM on February 8, 2006

delete all your metafilter cookies, then try again.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:05 AM on February 8, 2006

Yes, I filled out the captcha.

No, I did not delete my cookies. It turns out that the site had given that error message but logged me in anyway, as I found out when I went back to the "my comments" page (which had previously prompted me to log in).

Logging out and logging in again did not reproduce the error. Logging out again and trying to log in, but giving the wrong captcha, also did not reproduce the error.

Huh. I guess this one gets filed under "works for me."
posted by Tuwa at 10:54 AM on February 8, 2006

Who logs out? Once you're in, bolt the door behind you and say a silent prayer for the poor blighters who live their meaningless lives without MeFi.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:10 PM on February 8, 2006

I got this error as a new user - scary!
posted by maxpower at 8:10 PM on February 8, 2006

I also get this error when logging in (Opera8/Windows), and only when my username/pass and captcha is correct

I find that I first have to enter an invalid login, which takes me to the bad login screen, then when I login from there, it works...

I have tried clearing my cookies, but that did not help...

I also saw it once with IE... the sequence has to be a bit special:
  • Logout.
  • Press Login
  • Press Login again
  • Login with correct user/pass/captcha -- you will be returned to the login screen
  • Login again -- and you get this error
Other issues: On Opera, the Login page does not show a fresh captcha unless I hit F5 -- Opera is always loading a cached page (the login page does not seem to include any no caching headers, so Opera always displays the same captcha)
posted by nielm at 1:39 AM on February 9, 2006

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