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My account on English.SE (user id 5724).

I followed a link from here and tried to vote. SE told me to log in. When I did, SE told me it will create a new account.

That is despite the OpenID matching the one used and listed here.


If it wasn't entirely clear, when you click through the last link above to the SE account list, and hover over the English.SE card, it shows (5614)


A quote from balpha:

You used a different google account to log in to english.SE.

It is so. I keep thinking the fact that I have logged on to some SE sites would transfer to other SE sites, regardless of which OpenID I have going at the time. This is very confusing and annoying, that the Global Login™ is not really smooth.

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Your accounts are linked...what's the question? – Time Traveling Bobby Mar 4 '11 at 12:39
Well this is odd, you already have an account at, it shouldn't attempt to create a new account if you use the same OpenID – Yi Jiang Mar 4 '11 at 13:03
@bobby The question is as phrased in the question text. Please re-read. I have clarified with Yi Jiang's comment – RichardTheKiwi Mar 4 '11 at 13:16
You used a different google account to log in to english.SE. – balpha Mar 4 '11 at 13:30
"Why did create a new account for me?" They think you're so nice, they added you twice. – Adam Davis Mar 4 '11 at 14:51
Hello Richard and welcome to the site! Hello Richard and welcome to the site! – ЯegDwight Mar 4 '11 at 19:25
If you want to avoid the problem in the future, the other OpenIDs you think you might use to your list account. – Borror0 Mar 4 '11 at 19:57
@Borror0 That is a solution, yes, but <s>was</s> am trying to keep my other IDs.. private – RichardTheKiwi Mar 4 '11 at 21:44
I am experiencing the same problem on several of the StackExchange sites which I have used before and are listed in my profile: when I try to login there with my OpenID (same as before) the sites are suggesting they must create a new linked account. The first time it happened (on I thought maybe I did something wrong, but now it just happened again on! Bug? – ewall Jun 8 '11 at 20:07
This is still not fixed. Over two years later it just happened to me - on Web Applications. – ChrisJJ Dec 22 '13 at 21:37

This isn't a bug, or in fact anything to do with Stack Exchange. It is to do with whatever account you are currently logged into on the device you are using to browse.

For example, if I am logged in to my PC using a particular account, The Stack Exchange site will ask for credentials, and my current ones will be delivered. That might not be my preferred OpenID for SE, but the site cannot know that - so I always change to my preferred sign-in first.

So this is really a pebkac...

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