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I'm being logged into Data Explorer as “jon.doe18”, why?

I logged into for the first time, using the same OpenID that I use on ServerFault and throughout the network. StackExchange clearly recognized my identity (and applied my photo to the profile), but my username was set to jon.doe8020 instead of Miles Erickson.

Possibly relevant: I reached for the first time via sysadmin1138's link from Cleaning house, really old, unloved questions.

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marked as duplicate by Adam Lear May 26 '12 at 16:57

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That's by design. Data Explorer doesn't share the account system with the rest of Stack Exchange. Photos are pulled from Gravatar, so if you used the same email address, it'd get identified correctly.

Feel free to edit your profile to set the name and whatnot, but it won't be linked to the rest of your accounts.

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Thanks. If this is by design, would it make sense for some explanatory text to be displayed at first login? – Miles Erickson May 26 '12 at 16:53
@MilesErickson I'm not sure there's a real expectation that the accounts would be linked, since SEDE isn't a Q&A site within the network. – Adam Lear May 26 '12 at 16:57
@AnnaLear Neither is Careers. Or Area51. Or MSO, if you're feeling pedantic. Plus, it's hosted on a subdomain of – a cat May 26 '12 at 17:00
@lunboks True enough. (Although MSO is a bad example, and I am feeling pedantic. :)) – Adam Lear May 26 '12 at 17:03
@AnnaLear Bottom line: it's confusing and inconsistent, violating the basic principles of UX design, e.g. "acknowledge that the user is not like you" and "be consistent." – Miles Erickson May 26 '12 at 17:07
@AnnaLear It's confusing as hell. I'm so used to getting my profile on any * site that I was sure I had done something wrong. Only by reading this answer did I realize its by design. – KalenGi Jul 7 '14 at 15:55

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