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I understand the reason why Stack Exchange has different sites to separate Cooking from Programming or Gaming. I understand too why the reputation is associated on each site.

Why do I have to create a new OpenID for each web site? I know that when I create a new account, it is automatically associated to my other accounts. But, is there a reason why, when I originally create a user on the first site, I can't go on another site with this user?

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I assume you mean "why do I have a separate user account for each site" (note that the openid can be, and often is, identical between sites, and in most cases the association between sites is fully automatic). And the answer is simply that your credibility etc does not logically flow. You can be the greatest chef in the world, but that doesn't qualify you for fixing a server.

This way, your expertise is acknowledged appropriately between different sites. The StackExchange inbox-thingy should help make it a breeze to track activity between sites.

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Yes! Thanks! It was a question I asked myself. –  SilverM-A Nov 4 '10 at 13:37
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This design decision is understandable, reputation shouldn't span through all StackExchange sites, but IMO it could be easier to reuse logins among them. For example: I'm an SO user, when I find Programmers and want to register, instead of having to remember how did I login to SO, the site could tell me "Here you can create your Programmers' account in 1 step using your SO credentials" (in the case of users of multiple SE sites, "using your SO credentials" would be replaced with "using the same credentials you used in other SE sites) –  Jose_GD May 28 '13 at 13:45
    
Your argument is partly invalid. There are at least 10 programming-related platforms (e.g. programming, stackoverflow, android, ...) between the credibility definitely SHOULD flow. –  Eugene Jul 8 '13 at 9:45
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Well, I do see the importance of segregating reputation by category of a given StackExchange site. However, I think having a single account with default associations to all sites would be easier than manually linking site by site. –  Emran Aug 5 at 18:59
    
...continued: It would be a matter of having a reputation bucket for each exchange. That way, a single account can be a master chef, but still deliver minor contributions to physicists or linguists. Although not an impossible design implementation, I dont expect a paradigm shift so late into the game. *Noticed I can comment with 1 rep even though some SE sites require up to 50rep. (Also dont like that [Enter] auto submits the comment). –  Emran Aug 5 at 19:08
    
@Emran you can explicitly blame me for the "enter submits a comment" thing; I guess it is a love/hate choice... –  Marc Gravell Aug 5 at 19:47
    
I was wondering the same thing as Emran: why not use segregate reputation? –  OlavRG Oct 21 at 7:48
    
@OlavRG do you mean aggregate? We already do use segregated / separate reputation. –  Marc Gravell Oct 21 at 7:50
    
@MarcGravell to clarify on my earlier comment, my question is why SE isn't set up to use a single account per person, with separate reputation for each category. –  OlavRG Oct 28 at 15:28
    
very good answer. But if that is the case then it just means poor implementation. It is extremely easy to manage posts to site separately and have separate reputation per site. Not only would this mean less storage space for repeated user data but better overall performance even if just by a margin of 0.4%. There isn't any excuse not to have unified accounts. –  LokizFenrir Nov 4 at 5:57

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