It's pretty common for folks to create unregistered accounts on Area51: following or committing to a proposal when not logged in prompts for an email address and cheerfully creates a new unregistered account.

On the main site, this adds a "register" link to the top bar:


...that takes you to http://area51.stackexchange.com/users/login:

However, if you end up on the discuss site, the UI is a bit more... Insisting:

Finish signing up for your account

All well and good, I suppose - except that those links do not take you to http://area51.stackexchange.com/users/login; instead, they go to https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/users/signup-unregistered:

But hey, inconsistency is the spice of life, right? Both login forms look like they provide the same functionality, so let's just click "Sign up using Google" and get on with our lives...



Well, maybe no one uses Google. Let's try creating an official Stack Exchange login! Enter a password, and away we go...

Yay! Life is looking better. And within seconds, there's an email in my inbox! Surely this is gonna work... Just to click the link to complete registration, and...




Redirect https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/users/signup-unregistered to http://area51.stackexchange.com/users/login.

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    Each time I saw "Awww." I was hoping for a catpic :(
    – Braiam
    Nov 12, 2014 at 1:59
  • The cat shows up when this gets fixed.
    – Shog9
    Nov 12, 2014 at 2:29
  • Okay, so this really is broken. I just signed up for an Area 51 account and am happy to become registered. So I do it the same way I have at least 1/2 dozen times, I click "google". Everything seems good. But intermittently -- e.g., clicking through to a question, I get thrown in this absurd circle. Short story: I can't even ask there what's wrong.
    – goldilocks
    Nov 13, 2014 at 16:43
  • I've fixed up your account, @goldilocks - you encountered a slightly different (but related) problem; I'll have to follow up with the devs separately about that.
    – Shog9
    Nov 13, 2014 at 18:13
  • Thanks much! :) All good now.
    – goldilocks
    Nov 13, 2014 at 18:29

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The redirect will be live in the next build.

  • Where's the cat pic? SHOG PROMISED A CAT PIC!!!!ELEVEN
    – Braiam
    Nov 22, 2014 at 19:19
  • 3
    @Braiam Do I look like I'm Shog9? My head isn't disembodied even a little bit.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 22, 2014 at 20:16

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