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My OpenID provider decided to stop providing OpenID without warning. Is there any way to access my account, or am I SOL? I haven't been able to find any sort of support email on the StackOverflow.

Note that this question is different from the "My OpenID provider is shutting down, what do I do?" since my OpenID provider has already shut down

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As others might run into the same issue, can you add the name of the provider for future searches? –  Arjan Dec 7 '11 at 21:54
The openid provider I use services the entire *.mp domain (so any *.mp openid will suffer the same problem). I was trying to support a local startup, but oh well. Serves me right. –  Roqqit Dec 7 '11 at 21:59
Ok, it seems that team@stackoverflow.com provides support. I will try that. –  Roqqit Dec 7 '11 at 22:03
@Roqqit... if that's the official way to deal with this, then that should be an answer instead of a comment :) –  Taryn East Dec 7 '11 at 22:13
Well I emailed them, and I'll see if they can fix it. If they fix it, then I'll post it as the answer. If they don't, then the answer is 'too bad'. –  Roqqit Dec 7 '11 at 22:14
I'm sure the team will help. But if things really take too long, then maybe a new account and How can one link/merge/combine/associate two accounts/users? (Anonymous/unregistered/cookie or OpenID/registered) might help... –  Arjan Dec 7 '11 at 22:17
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I emailed team@stackoverflow.com, and they answered quickly. Their answer (slightly edited):

We suggest making an account with a Stack Exchange open id. Then, email us the user IDs of the new account and the old account, and we'll merge your old username into your new one, so that you retain login credentials.

Also, if you have other OpenID providers available, we suggest providing multiple OpenIDs to prevent this from happening in the future. (That is, use your Google or Facebook account to sign in.)

Kudos to the support guys there.

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Pretty sure someone on the team is already helping you with this, so I'm responding here purely for the opportunity to remind folks that,

You can have multiple forms of authentication associated with your account. More than two. Waaaay more than one. MULTIPLE! MANY! LOTS!!!

If you value your account at all, then you will do this, rather than risk losing access to it. It's really easy. Way easier than reading this big, bold, underlined text.

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starts drafting lawsuit in response to resulting seizure –  Tim Stone Dec 7 '11 at 23:17
Couldn't you have just used a damn unicorn? –  Michael Todd Dec 7 '11 at 23:36
After reading the bold and underlined text I prepared to +1. Then I saw the graphic. -1. –  Kalamane Dec 7 '11 at 23:36
For some perverse reason, a lot of folks here actually like unicorns, @Michael. They might just sit and coo over it, instead of hurriedly clicking through to find out how they can ASSOCIATE MULTIPLE FORMS OF AUTHENTICATION!!! –  Shog9 Dec 7 '11 at 23:37
Thank god you're here, captain! –  Blorgbeard Dec 8 '11 at 0:02
If you hadn't have said that it was a link, I never would have known. \ –  corsiKa Dec 8 '11 at 0:19
Thanks, Shog9 for a reply that is both true and annoying. Like many things, I didn't miss my SO account until it was gone. Its those darned points. –  Roqqit Dec 8 '11 at 0:35
@Anna Ahhhhhh! Thanks. (No more blinky-blinky.) –  Michael Todd Dec 9 '11 at 2:18
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