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I would like to give access to my Stack Overflow account to a member of my team.

Is it possible? If yes, how could I protect my profile data?

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    Doesn't that kind of, totally defeat the purpose of a trust based system where your reputation determines your privileges? Other companies have a corporate account (See meta.stackexchange.com/questions/82509/…) and that seems to work well for them. – Crisfole Sep 10 '13 at 12:39
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    Why would you want to do that at all? – Mat Sep 10 '13 at 12:39
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    The TOS prohibit this, so no, don't do that. – Wooble Sep 10 '13 at 12:39
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    Yes, why? Accounts can be had for free. – ale Sep 10 '13 at 12:40
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    Given the confusion between the linked question and the terms of service this seems like a reasonable question to ask – Richard Tingle Sep 10 '13 at 12:55
  • @Cpfohl Although the accepted answer there actually stes 'Why not? Just because more than one user may manage this account doesn't devalue their contributions.', contrary to your evident shock of someone desiring doing just this. I don't necessarily agree, by the way, just devil's advocate, if you will. – Grant Thomas Sep 10 '13 at 13:07
  • @GrantThomas I'm quite aware my link contradicts my shock. My shock was primarily that an individual would want to risk allowing someone else to make use of their account. The impact would not necessarily be positive, and the benefit questionable. – Crisfole Sep 10 '13 at 13:21
  • @Cpfohl To be fair, they didn't give any impression they intended to do so cavalierly, and instead came here to check for such implications to avoid any "impact". – Grant Thomas Sep 10 '13 at 14:41

From the Terms of Service (linked as legal in the footer):

Stack Exchange may offer to provide the Services, as described more fully on the Network, and which are selected by Subscriber, solely for Subscriber’s own use, and not for the use or benefit of any third party.

(emphasis mine)


Subscriber certifies to Stack Exchange that Subscriber is an individual (i.e., not a corporate entity) at least 13 years of age.

(thanks @Mat, emphasis his)

  • The "Subscriber certifies to Stack Exchange that Subscriber is an individual (i.e., not a corporate entity) at least 13 years of age." bit may (or may not, IANAL) be necessary to rule out (or not) a "corporate account". – Mat Sep 10 '13 at 12:47