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I've been using Word Press Open ID. I thought I'd add Stack Exchange login. It asks for my email address and password. Then it says it cannot find a Stack Exchange account with that email address. The email address is in my Stack Overflow account. I had already clicked to sync Stack Exchange with Stack Overflow. But Stack Exchange only shows the name and web site in the big box. Big box is a highly technical programming term. (See vol. II of Knuth.) I didn't spend much time on this, so it is quite possibly a mental problem on my part. I thought you'd like to know about it, though, because at a minimum it is a bit obscure.

Also... "possible bug" is possibly a bug.

  • I click on my username

  • I click on "my logins"

  • I click on "Add More Logins"

  • It says, "Click the logo to add another login to your account" so I click on "Log In with Stack Exchange"

  • It says, "Sign in with your Stack Exchange Account"

I fail. How do I create a new Stack Exchange login? I really don't care that much, it's for your info. I just thought it was a little obscure if not broken. I really like the sites, by the way!

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It's hard to tell based on your description, but I think you're confused about the account.

You must create a Stack Exchange login -- you do not automatically have one by virtue of merely existing as a user on, say, Stack Overflow.

For example in your case, you are using a WordPress login. There is no Stack Exchange login until you create a new Stack Exchange login.

edit: I see, the flow is a little weird here. Go to and create an account in this specific case; we'll see what we can do to improve the flow.

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hmm, I see what you mean. We'll have to add a create option in that path, most of the time these are new users adding their first set of credentials. So, for now, go to and create your account, then follow the steps you outline. – Jeff Atwood Aug 30 '11 at 4:58
Thanks! I'm in! – xpda Aug 30 '11 at 5:12
One other "design consideration"... When I login under my new Stack Exchange login (I tried this in SuperUser), it brings up a new xpda account with no history, etc. When I look under users, there are 2 xpda's, both with no reputation, one with a city-state. When I logout and back in with WordPress, the world is as it should be. – xpda Aug 30 '11 at 14:15
SU and SF have some special considerations because they are much older. I merged those accounts for you there. The "my login" wallet is stored at the network level, so it should be OK elsewhere. – Jeff Atwood Aug 30 '11 at 22:34

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