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How do I change my OpenID provider(s)?

When I log into stackoverflow using [email protected], it redirects me to a gmail page, I then type in the password of [email protected], then I am logged into stackoverflow all right.

The problem is when I am already logged into gmail using [email protected]. Then in another tab I try to log into stackoverflow using my [email protected] account. I get redirected to a gmail page asking if I want to log into stackoverflow using [email protected], even though I typed [email protected] into stackoverflow's login.

So I have to logout from bar@gmail before I can log into foo@stackoverflow. After I am logged into stackoverflow, I can log back into gmail using a different account.

Is this by design? This is impractical.

Is there something I can do to workaround this?

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    It sounds like google's bug to me. More accurately it is probably a feature of using their SSO.
    – M.Babcock
    Mar 13, 2012 at 20:43
  • Doesn't having multiple active gmail accounts violate the terms of use anyway? Perhaps this is thier way of telling you consolidate or find another service.
    – M.Babcock
    Mar 13, 2012 at 23:39
  • This is sad. I can't go on like this. Maybe I can switch my stackoverflow account to just a username/password auth? Mar 13, 2012 at 23:41
  • Oh we responded simultaneously. No, I multiple gmail accounts are fine. Beside, maybe it is not my own account, when I am borrowing the computer to check something on stackoverflow while my friend is logged in gmail. Mar 13, 2012 at 23:43
  • Even still, I doubt there's anything SE can do anything about the way Google implements OpenID.
    – M.Babcock
    Mar 13, 2012 at 23:44
  • I see... Then how can I change my account to use another type of auth? I checked "accounts" and "my logins" but there is nothing that can be changed. Mar 13, 2012 at 23:48
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    Logout, signup for a new SE user account, then log back in with your gmail account and add the newly created login in my logins.
    – M.Babcock
    Mar 13, 2012 at 23:57
  • Better yet just click on the click here link under To create a new Stack Exchange account on the add more logins screen.
    – M.Babcock
    Mar 14, 2012 at 0:04
  • Thanks for your help, I'll do that. (why the -1 btw?) Mar 14, 2012 at 7:26
  • @M.Babcock Gmail infact has a facility for staying signed in to multiple accounts. It also lets you tie accounts together such that you can send an email from one account while logged in on the other. So nope, not against ToS Mar 16, 2012 at 18:15
  • On an unrelated note, this isn't a duplicate of the "Possible Duplicate" question at all. It's barely related. Bad tagging.
    – fragorl
    Jan 15, 2014 at 0:30


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