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This is a graphical representation of the cognitive trap. Cognitive Trap

To understand the trap, let's look at the log-on states of a single site. Single Site log-on

As you can see, the Y state doesn't exist. However, when another site is added we can look at the multiple site log-on states. Multiple Site log-on

Here, the Y state does exist, because it makes sense to be able to be logged into the network without having an explicit user on the 2nd site.

This is the correct representation without the trap. Visitor Profile

As you can see, the C user role doesn't have to automatically create a user account on the 2nd site.

The feature request is to create a Visitor profile. Somebody that can visit any site on the StackExchange network without being logged out. The benefits of having this profile are 1) No 'Welcome to Q&A' banner and 2) One click account creation.

1) is self-evident. 2) maybe it's a bug, but when I click on 'log in' on a 2nd site, I never have my account created. I always have to type my OpenID+Password.

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Can we expect every question you'll ever ask to contain some buzzword from a sociology/psychology/behavioral science book glossar? – balpha Aug 15 '11 at 14:26
By the way, your posts sometimes have a tendency to read like rants... Especially when you end them with "AmIRight?" I don't exactly understand what you're proposing here, either. Automatic account creation? We don't do that. – Cody Gray Aug 15 '11 at 14:28
IT'S A TRAP!!! – Jack Maney Aug 15 '11 at 15:05
I don't understand the point you're making with respect to cognitive traps/biases. Could you clarify? – Jeremy Banks Aug 15 '11 at 15:50
@balpha, could you recommend a good book, I'm running out of ideas. – GUI Junkie Aug 15 '11 at 21:18
@Jeremy, I hope the edit(s) are clearer. – GUI Junkie Aug 15 '11 at 23:36
@Cody, yes the 'AmIRight' is a bit ranty, and NO, I'm not talking about automatic account creation. – GUI Junkie Aug 15 '11 at 23:37
@balpha, I've just created a discussion about this. I hope that clarifies the cognitive trap, a little bit. Again, sorry about this awfully written question/rant. Thanks for giving me a (another) reason why I'm being downvoted constantly (apart from my poor writing skills). – GUI Junkie Aug 16 '11 at 21:52

Look. Sometimes when I come on SE site which I'm not associated with, I just wanna see some posts, but I don't want to be associated there. If I would have account on each SE site, there would be big mess in my "accounts" tab.

When I want to associate my account, I just click on login and press "Facebook" button. It's all I need to do in order to associate my main account. Is it so hard? No. Just 2-button clicks

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How can you stand to read posts without being logged in, though? I keep clicking the vote arrows and nothing happens! I don't get my banana pellet... – Cody Gray Aug 15 '11 at 22:09
That's my point. I am not after an automatic account creation, but after a correct 'visitor' treatment (see my edit(s) above). – GUI Junkie Aug 15 '11 at 23:39
@CodyGray: you can't vote, but there is anonymous feedback everytime... – genesis Aug 16 '11 at 7:23

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