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I have 2 google accounts call them A and B. When I'm logged into google with A and try to login to SO with B it logs me in with A.

To clarify when SO asks me for my "openid" I type in my full email address.

Is it a bug or am I not understanding some open id ideas?

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I think this question belongs here: meta.stackoverflow.com –  Rich Aug 3 '10 at 17:27
+1 but migrate to Meta. (@audio.zoom: don't touch the question, it will be migrated for you!) –  MvanGeest Aug 3 '10 at 17:27
btw while trying to add both of my google open ids having 2 so windows open i actually managed to get an error message. –  audio.zoom Aug 3 '10 at 17:46
"To clarify when SO asks me for my 'openid' I type in my full email address." You don't just click on the big Google button? –  Richard JP Le Guen Aug 3 '10 at 17:48
thats right - i type in my email address and hit enter –  audio.zoom Aug 3 '10 at 17:52
@Richard it is the answer i expected, but then the whole manual process confused me. What is it that I'm supposed to type in there? –  audio.zoom Aug 3 '10 at 18:00
@audio.zoom - Don't bother ;) just hit the big Google button, but if you really want to know you'd type https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id –  Richard JP Le Guen Aug 3 '10 at 18:05
wow so it is a "weird" problem! It definitely works the same as hitting the big google button. –  audio.zoom Aug 3 '10 at 18:11

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I think you're not understanding part of OpenID.

If you're "logged into Google with A" any sites you visit using a Google OpenID will log you in using A.

OpenID is a kind of Single Sign On concept, where you log in once (to Google, as A) and reuse that login session (glossary help there anyone?) on multiple sites.

I have no idea how or why it works when you input your Gmail address as your OpenID URL. My instincts would have told me that that would give an error message... but it does seem to work.

This should be brought to the attention of one of the higher ups; I can't say if it's a SO problem or a "Google's OpenID implementation, which is kind of weird" problem.

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