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Few days back I registered my Facebook OpenId with; it worked fine until I spotted something (to be described in another post).

Today, I came to meta for reporting that, and I now see a new trouble at hand. I am using a new PC, which didn't have me logged into meta; therefore, I logged in using my Facebook account. Unfortunately, the system could not link this to my existing account. As I understand, stackexchange should use common authentication mechanism and I should have my accounts linked. Also, whenever I try to add the two IDs from here, I am getting the option to sign out; clearly I should get an option to link these two accounts.

Is this a general issue with Open ID, or is this fixable?

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Just for your reference, this is my other Id: – Shamim Hafiz Apr 30 '11 at 6:33
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Ah, I see.

In this case you had a duplicate account on from 7 months ago that predates you adding that second openid on SO.

The new unmerged account was correctly linked on the network, however, we can't stop you from creating duplicate accounts in the past without a time machine...

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Thanks. Hey, did you do some magic, they now appeared to be linked :) – Shamim Hafiz Apr 30 '11 at 6:51
He sprinkled some pixie dust :) – Lorem Ipsum Apr 30 '11 at 22:16

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