the stay logged in button is still here....
you just have to go to a different location to see it.
first thing.. BEFORE YOU LOG IN.... go to the bottom of the home page.. click on members online... when you get the "you are not authorized" message.. it will give you the sign in box with the stay logged in option underneath it.
once you hit it that way.. you wont have to do it again until you clear your cookies/cache' from your browser.
if your one of the people who do this everytime they turn off their com? start doing this before you log in & it will keep you logged in until next time you clean.