I logged into data.SE today with the same OpenID provider/login I used in the past and found that this time it created a new account rather then logging me into my existing account. Has something happened to the credentials associated with my first account on data.SE?



  • Yes, I can confirm this. I logged out to see if I could log back in and observed the same behavior. I've now got a jon.doe login.
    – jonsca
    Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 9:43
  • We are looking into it.
    – waffles
    Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 9:47
  • This one's my bad, fixing... Commented Oct 5, 2011 at 9:48

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This should be resolved now. You just have a single account again.

In the past, SEDE hasn't done any variation checking on the openid submitted, so if you logged in with http://this.is.my.openid.com, and then later logged in with an equivalent variation, ie, https vs http or a trailing slash, it would create a new user because the openid didn't match exactly.

In fixing this, a bug came up preventing me from finishing the process, so things got into a state where one side of the handshake was dealing with these variations, but the other side wasn't. So, basically, back to square one, oops. All pieces of the puzzle are properly updated now and the couple dupes created during this time have been merged.

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