So strange.
I am using a few SE network sites, all with the same login details, and the accounts are connected. When I come into SE and try to login, it does not find my credencials, and offers I make a new OpenID.

What is even more strange is when I came into meta right now to post this - my profile was loaded.

EDIT more details as per request:

first visit to StackExchange.com looks fresh [doesnt take my login from network]
first visit

i click google which is how i do on the whole network choose login path

..go to google, provide creds... redirected back to SE to see : redirect return

bummer. Not confirming - i click the META link on the top instead and come to this: meta logged in


Trying again and creating a new openID i get Go find a panda.

BUT noted is that i am now logged in - what is going on?

  • Can you describe exactly what you're seeing when you visit stackexchange.com? Screenshots would also help. Thanks!
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 15, 2015 at 5:47
  • @AdamLear Edited with screenshot.
    – Adeerlike
    Nov 15, 2015 at 7:59
  • And if you click the "Confirm and Create" button, what happens? No worry, Adam is a dev and can fix any possible issue it might cause. Nov 15, 2015 at 8:14
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    2 things happen. First i am told to go look for a panda. Second, i found my profile. it appears to be unconnected. screenshots added.
    – Adeerlike
    Nov 15, 2015 at 12:19
  • @AdamLear anything you can note as an answer to what went wrong? [this isnt the first time im having profile issues..]
    – Adeerlike
    Nov 17, 2015 at 10:32
  • @AdamLear, any progress on this? I have the exact same issue and I don't want to create an unconnected separate profile like "a deer" did.
    – NH.
    Sep 29, 2017 at 20:52
  • note, I did click through, and I did NOT get an unconnected profile like "a deer" did. (the accepted answer works)
    – NH.
    Oct 23, 2017 at 22:33

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For the sake of the next person who finds this... You want to click "Confirm and Create New Account" in step #3. Yes, it's confusing and misleading, but generally it will not create a new account - it'll just create a new profile for you on the stackexchange.com site, which'll be properly linked to your existing profiles on other sites. If this does not happen, and a new account gets created, please contact us and request that your site account be associated with that network profile.

The login system on most other sites has been updated such that it'll normally recognize you before it gets to this point, which reduces confusion considerably. At some point, we'll probably do the same for stackexchange.com and this'll stop being weird.

  • Sorry, I'm back, and this time it is data.stackexchange.com that I can't SE-login to, and this time, it did create a garbage account that isn't hooked to my real one: data.stackexchange.com/users/27091/nathan-harvey
    – NH.
    Oct 27, 2017 at 19:05
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    Yeah, data.se is... weird and different, @NH. If you end up in this situation there, contact support & we'll try & get you sorted out.
    – Shog9
    Oct 27, 2017 at 21:54
  • I tried that and got this error page after clicking Submit: meta.stackexchange.com/error?aspxerrorpath=/contact/submit
    – NH.
    Oct 27, 2017 at 22:01
  • Hmm... Wouldn't have expected it to blow up like that. Just select "Other" and put the info in the freeform text field, @NH.
    – Shog9
    Oct 27, 2017 at 22:41

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