On a website, if you log in, you're in a logged in state, if you then log out, you are in a logged out state.

What do you call the state before you have ever logged in to a site? Is it correct to also call that being logged out? Is not logged in the same as logged out?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that would apply to either registered or not registered users looking at the site.

Example usage:

We allow configuring some settings from a not logged in view.

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    "We allow configuring some settings for unregistered users" – Nagarajan Shanmuganathan Apr 13 '16 at 10:48
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    'Unauthenticated', 'unverified', 'unidentified'. – 568ml Apr 13 '16 at 11:15
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    I would say that "anonymous users may configure some settings". You cannot use the expressions "anonymous/unregistred/... view" because these adjectives don't apply to the view. – Graffito Apr 13 '16 at 11:40
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because Qs about "Naming, including naming programming variables/classes" are off-topic for this site. See Help Centre at english.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic – TrevorD Apr 13 '16 at 20:40
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    "logged out" implies that a user was connected and the connection was terminated at his request or for another reason. "not logged" means either that the user didn't log in or that he didn't log out. – Graffito Apr 14 '16 at 16:19

The process of confirming a user's credentials and logging them in is often known as 'authentication'. Therefore, a commonly accepted term for a user's state before logging in would be 'unauthenticated'. (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/unauthenticated)

This would apply equally to registered and unregistered users as well as users that have failed to provide the correct tokens - in any of these cases authentication has not been completed.

A distinction can be made between 'not logged in' and 'logged out', in that 'logged out' may imply that the system has a record of a previous session where the user was logged in.

  • Op still hasn't addresses the issue I raised above on 13 April: namely, is the desired expression intended for for internal use or for reading by a user. If it's in a user interface, I there are many users (depending on the audience for the website) who would not immediately understand "anonymous [user] view", and I think the same may apply for "unauthenticated". – TrevorD Apr 13 at 10:58 – TrevorD Apr 28 '16 at 9:37

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