Not Logging Out

Is it easier on the hamsters if I remember to log out when I emerge from the Straight Dope? I went elsewhere on the net and dumped all the cookies, then came back, cookies off. The buttons next to my name on my posts said I was still online. If I don’t log out, how long before they would revert to saying I’m offline? Does not logging out contribute to slowing the board?

If you don’t log out, something like this might happen. :smiley: