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Has Stack Overflow stopped its 'Question without Account' Service?

I recently had a chat with a coworker who did't know about SO (not sure how that is, but regardless...) and I was explaining to him what an awesome site it was. I have been a member since private beta, but I recall that one of the big selling points was anonymous participation. You could quickly come in, get a username, and ask a question without an open id or an email address and verification.

Well, either I am not remembering this properly or things have changed. Now you must provide an email address and verify it if you don't have an ID provider. Am I just losing my mind or has this changed?

marked as duplicate by random Sep 23 '11 at 20:29

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  • This has changed. – jcolebrand Sep 23 '11 at 20:26
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    See: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/107152/… You now must register to ask questions. – Jeff Mercado Sep 23 '11 at 20:27
  • Vampires, incubi and succubi broke the anonymous participation caMel's back – random Sep 23 '11 at 20:28
  • Ok, well at least I'm not crazy. Too bad people had to go and ruin a good thing. – Ed S. Sep 23 '11 at 20:35
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    @random: I know of incubi and succubi from nethack, but what do they mean, if anything, in SE? Question askers and question answerers? – Andrew Grimm Sep 24 '11 at 5:28

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