Feb 19, 2010 6:22am

Is it based on whether you have an OKCupid page up on your computer, or whether you've loaded a page in the past x minutes?


Feb 19, 2010 6:49am

If you are logged into your account then you are online else not.


Feb 19, 2010 10:20am

But what does "logged in" mean? Technically I'm always logged in because I have a login cookie set and I don't log out when I stop using the site. Does that mean I always appear as online? If I only have to have an OKC page open, instead of actively using the site, what does the site do to know that?


Feb 19, 2010 10:45am

i think it might be based on whether you've been on in x minutes.  I've had people in my favorites show as offline when their profile says online.  yeah, i don't get it.


Feb 19, 2010 11:08am

Yes, even if you have a cookie set it really depends on your activity as seen by the OKC servers. For the "offline" to display in real time you need to use the Sign out button.

Some of us did an empirical test here and determined that it took about 20-minutes to show you as "offline" after you close your browser without sign off.

The simple explanation is that the server cannot "poll" in real time to see if you are still there or the site would come to a halt. 20-minutes is a common server "expiration" time for an inactive session.

The OKC Firefox plug-in can have you appear "logged in" to the site when you have your FF browser open (and not on OKC because it is polling for your messages etc) but once you close the browser the 20 count-down will begin.



Feb 19, 2010 11:16am



Feb 19, 2010 11:34am

^^ Nice explanation of session handling. :)


Feb 19, 2010 11:38am

Thanks!  Good to know.


Feb 19, 2010 12:01pm

Does anybody know if you appear online while using the OkCupid app on the iphone or ipod touch?

I would assume that you do appear as "online" because you would be using functions of the website, but I thought I'd ask nonetheless.

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