I tried to search for similar questions, as I always do, but was not able to find one.

I just created a new account on Data.Stack Exchange with my existing Google OpenID and it seems to be not associated with my regular Stack Exchange account.

Is this by design? and if so, why?

  • What do you mean by not associated?
    – Naftali
    Dec 7, 2011 at 14:49
  • When I created the Data explorer account, the user id was jon.doe7033. So I edited the profile to look like my regular SE profiles.
    – Animesh
    Dec 7, 2011 at 14:51

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Stack Exchange Data Explorer started off as a side project by waffles before he started working for Stack Exchange Inc. Post that, it's received some changes but the login & auth has remained a separate part and isn't integrated into GlobalAuth that powers Stack Exchange.

So yes, this is

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    That is nice to know.
    – Animesh
    Dec 7, 2011 at 14:53
  • Is it possible to link the two accounts in any way?
    – Stevoisiak
    Mar 23, 2017 at 23:00
  • 1
    @StevenVascellaro Fwiw, as far as I know it's similar to the reasons that Area 51 logins aren't integrated -- different codebase, no access to global login sessions = a ton of work to integrate.
    – Jason C
    Mar 24, 2017 at 0:35

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