I usually log in to a Stack Exchange site using another site (Google, Facebook, etc.) as my account provider. However, I'm currently in an environment where my login provider is blocked. Is there any way for me to log in to my existing Stack Exchange account even though I can't use my account provider?

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  • Are you sure the Google login will be blocked? Google accounts are way bigger than just gmail now, and if all they block is the gmail.com domain I don't think it will interfere.
    – Ben Brocka
    Jul 7, 2012 at 14:41
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    Sounds like you should consider heading over to careers.stackoverflow and start looking for a new job... Jul 7, 2012 at 15:02

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To prevent this situation from happening, it's recommended you add a standard email and password login and associate that to your account by following: How do I change my login provider(s)?.

If you are already in an environment where your login provider is blocked, you can use the form to create a new account and use the same email address while registering. In most cases, account association will happen automatically, so you don't even have to worry about that step if that happens. In some cases (such as you being a moderator, or if the system couldn't verify something), it may create a second account; if that happens, request that your accounts be merged.

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    I've been using the Stack Exchange OpenID endpoint for just about everything lately, no problems at all. It's basically replaced MyOpenID for me.
    – user50049
    Jul 7, 2012 at 14:31
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    You don't even have to bother with associating the accounts if you are using an existing "trusted“ provider like Gmail, Yahoo, etc. -just use the same email when registering, and the association will be automatic.
    – Shog9
    Jul 7, 2012 at 14:45
  • @Shog9: is the automagic association only for the "top" providers (SE, Google, Yahoo & Facebook right now), or all the providers that have an icon in the login page (~9 more)?
    – Mat
    Jul 7, 2012 at 14:55
  • Pretty sure it's just the top ones. If you add an account and get an email address added to "my logins" then it should be trusted.
    – Shog9
    Jul 7, 2012 at 14:59
  • @Shog - yup, only the top verified ones we really trust Jul 7, 2012 at 15:03
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    I'll convert this to FAQ tomorrow at some point. A lot of companies want to "take the plus out of Google"
    – user50049
    Jul 7, 2012 at 16:05
  • @TimPost, that's the case here, and unfortunately Google are determined to put the plus into my Google profile.
    – Benjol
    Jul 9, 2012 at 9:34

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