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I have started using more Stack Exchange sites. Whenever I go to a new site I have to login and create an account. I think it would be more convenient if when you create a Stack Exchange account, it creates an inactive account on all of the sites. Then when you go and click on one you are already logged in. A sort of universal login idea.

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No thanks, I don't need an account on every - single - site. –  Martijn Pieters Jul 26 '13 at 15:24
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It's only a one-time action which should take you no more than a couple of clicks. Is that really so much of a bother? –  Bart Jul 26 '13 at 15:27
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looking at "Why separate Stack Exchange accounts?" It seams like something more logical would to use the stack exchange account as something more like an openid system. Also reputation flowing might be possible through some things like sites with having to do with programing. as said by Eugene –  Noah Huppert Jul 26 '13 at 15:38

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The Stack Exchange network currently includes 105 sites, with an additional 554 more proposals in Area 51.

I visit three sites on a regular basis, have posted questions or answers on six, and have visited a couple of dozen. The suggested change would mean that 100+ or 600+ accounts would be created on my behalf, the vast majority of which I will never use. Some people use more than me, of course, but I can't imagine many people using enough of the sites on a regular enough basis to warrant the overhead that would be created by this change.

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It would also be sort of weird/confusing to have users listed in the "Users" list for a site that had never logged on (nor had any intention to do so). –  Cody Gray Jul 26 '13 at 15:31
    
Maybe when you are creating a account for a site it would just create it based on your stackexchange account. Instead of creating a lot of accounts. –  Noah Huppert Jul 26 '13 at 15:33
    
@Noah I would be more in favor of something like that, but then we would need additional changes to support the functionality to allow users to maintain different profile information on the various sites. Will you elaborate on the problem you see with the current system that needs to be corrected? –  George Cummins Jul 26 '13 at 15:34
    
@GeorgeCummins as Jose_GD said here sometimes you create an account with a diferent google acount or not a google acount at all. Instead you could use the stackexchange id as a openid when you login to an account. –  Noah Huppert Jul 26 '13 at 15:44
    
@GeorgeCummins It would remove all but one (so in your case removing 5 of the 6). The one account would work on all 6 of the sites you use. –  Noah May 10 at 19:54

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