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I logged in with the same Gmail account that I use to log into all my other Stack Overflow accounts and it didn't auto-populate the name. Nor is it showing up here:


Seems like it ought to?

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Data.SE is strange overall. Login really shouldn't be needed for 99% of all queries, though. –  Richard J. Ross III Mar 24 '13 at 3:40
jsfiddle.net/ehKXa/show –  Asad Mar 24 '13 at 3:48
@asad that's genius. Mind if I steal it? –  Richard J. Ross III Mar 24 '13 at 4:05
@RichardJ.RossIII Sure; it's already tainted with stealery. The original was by Tim Yi Jiang. –  Asad Mar 24 '13 at 4:42
I just tried it then and I'm apparently "jon.doe10769" –  davblayn Mar 24 '13 at 8:59
@Asad updated to get easing from the request place: jsfiddle.net/ehKXa/1/show –  AakashM Oct 2 '13 at 10:26

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Data.SE never really was part of the SE network. It was made by waffles/Tim Stone as a side project, and doesn't tie with the rest of the network. I guess that integrating it into the network (associated accounts, etc) would be a very non trivial change, and would require a lot of work for little gain :/

Besides, it's open source. Given that the code for SE is closed source, integrating the two so that they both use stackauth may not be possible.

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Waffles? Who the waffle is waffles? ;) –  Shadow Wizard Mar 24 '13 at 9:10
The open source bit is the key, this means it cannot join our login system cleanly. Also, it runs from the auxiliary data center, further complicating things. –  Nick Craver Mar 24 '13 at 9:39
I thought Sam Saffron is creator of Stack Exchange Data Explorer!!! –  Jeson Park Jun 2 '13 at 11:03
@Jeson Sam Saffron===waffles. His meta username used to be "waffles" with a matching logo. –  Manishearth Jun 2 '13 at 15:13
Interesting. I had observed the lack of account connection and jumped to the unfounded conclusion that it was a "feature" to preserve anonymity for query activity! –  hardmath Nov 6 '13 at 0:21

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