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Special:NewMessages is incorrectly showing log-in only data
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Special:NewMessages has me logged in, as who/what exactly?

This might've been filed before, though I couldn't find it.

For several months now there's on Special page I often visit from url completion history, and that's Special:NewMessages on And if I'm not logged-in, I'll simply login and return to that page.

Now the thing is however that sometimes I'm logged out (I know I am from logging at the header and the absence of certain scripts) yet Special:NewMessages appears to show something it shouldn't.

Not sure what this is or where it came from. Could be an API request cached by my browsers, could be some state being kept somewhere else I don't know, could be someone elses messages, no idea.

See screenshot for details, as well as tracking POST requests to api.php and a cookie dump.

Version: master
Severity: major


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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to High.Nov 22 2014, 1:10 AM
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sumanah wrote:

Krinkle -- are you able to reproduce this still, on

It is hard to reproduce a server-side session loss. However I believe this is a bug in the way Special:NewMessages determines user session. Considering that LQT is mostly unmaintained, I suspect this bug is still very much alive when this server issue would happen again.

Jdforrester-WMF lowered the priority of this task from High to Lowest.Aug 4 2016, 11:34 PM
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LiquidThreads has been replaced by StructuredDiscussions on all Wikimedia production wikis (except one, which will be done soon). It is no longer under active development or maintenance, so I'm re-classifying all open LQT tasks as "Lowest" priority.

Nemo_bis raised the priority of this task from Lowest to High.Feb 24 2019, 8:33 AM
Liuxinyu970226 lowered the priority of this task from High to Lowest.Mar 22 2019, 1:58 AM

@Nemo_bis Are you really sure that ths can be fixed in the next not more than one month? If not, please do not touch "High priority" opinion

Nemo_bis raised the priority of this task from Lowest to High.Mar 22 2019, 1:10 PM

Restore information removed with invalid rationale.

Aklapper changed the subtype of this task from "Task" to "Bug Report".Feb 15 2022, 9:39 PM
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