There has been some recent behavior change on SE (around July 2015). I have two accounts I use, one Google openId based for one set of sites (call it Account-A) and another SE login based for a different set of sites (Account-B). Used to be that I could be logged into one set of sites with the first user and a different set with the other users.

But now I am logged in with the Account-A on Site-1. When I go to one of the sites I use the other account for and click "log in" under the SE menu, I go to a page where I only have an option to confirm creation of an account based on my Google login. It does not present a way to log in with an SE account.

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How can I log in with my other account here?

(and before you flag this as a duplicate, please ensure the other question is recent enough and that the answer is relevant. This behavior has definitely morphed over the years... and I am having trouble finding something that is relevant. For instance this question How to log in to SE sites using a second account simply points out how to merge the accounts which is NOT what I want . This question Is it possible to have different profiles/usernames across community sites? talks about presenting different user info on each site but that's not what I want -- I want totally separate accounts).


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Now that we switched to the "you're logging into the network" model, your options are as follows:

  • Different browsers
  • Different profiles in the same browser if your browsers supports that sort of thing
  • Incognito/private mode in your browser
  • Log out to switch accounts

(Well, it's less of a switch, but now it's global auth that actually works more than the old system did. Same diff, give or take.)

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    Or incognito mode (or equivalent)? Jul 20, 2015 at 19:12
  • @benisuǝqbackwards Oh yeah, that too. Added.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jul 20, 2015 at 19:13
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    OK, but sad though : (
    – jlarson
    Jul 20, 2015 at 19:34
  • Is there a way that I can have an account on a site and not have it listed on my network profile page or otherwise be discoverable? stackexchange.com/users/37099/anna-lear?tab=accounts
    – jlarson
    Jul 20, 2015 at 19:36
  • @jlarson Not really. You can "hide" a community from your profile, but it's built as a convenience rather than a true privacy feature, so you can't rely on it if complete separation of identities is important to you.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Jul 20, 2015 at 20:18
  • Hmmm... that makes me sad. I thought the founders had originally supported the idea of fully controlling your identity. In my own case I don't have a lot to hide honestly but for others it could be very important, even a safety concern. // Oh well, it seems ok with different browsers
    – jlarson
    Jul 21, 2015 at 14:40

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