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I can log in to Stack Exchange network sites just fine, even join new ones (like this one), but I can't log in to stackexchange.com.

  • When I try any of the login methods on my Stack Overflow account, it just shows me the "this login is new" screen, even though I already have an account.
  • When I try logging in with Stack Exchange, then clicking "recover my account" and entering my email (since I don't think I ever added a password, I've always logged in using Google), it just says "no account with that email was found".
  • When you click this link, what happens? What you see? – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 27 '17 at 8:57
  • wait what? apparently i'm logged in now, and that link shows my profile. Although I just now tried to grant an access token for a notification extension as well. Weird. – randomdude999 Aug 27 '17 at 8:59
  • So all good now? – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 27 '17 at 9:00
  • Yeah. Should I delete the question then? Or edit it to say what happened? – randomdude999 Aug 27 '17 at 9:01
  • If anything, post answer with whatever solved the issue, not sure if you visiting your profile page or that token you added. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 27 '17 at 9:02
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After that, I did 2 things:

  • Install the "Desktop Notifications for Stack Exchange" Chrome extension, and grant it a token. It asked me to log in, and after logging in with google, it showed me the permissions it needed. I found it odd, expecting it to ask me to create a new account, so I clicked "decline" in hopes that it hadn't really done anything yet.
  • View the page https://stackexchange.com/users/current. That then showed me my profile, with all the questions I have asked and answered.

Clearly, one of these must have logged me in. I suspect it was the first.

Actually, I think that granting a token skipped the "this login is new" and created the account automatically, linking it to my profile. I thought that creating a new account would create a completely new profile, with no linked network accounts, but in reality it just linked it to my existing profile.

  • Well, stackexchange.com does not have its own profile since it's not a Q&A site. Instead, it shows something known as "network profile", which is the collection of all accounts one have associated across the SE network. How the login works is beyond me though. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 27 '17 at 9:11
  • It probably detected that my email had been used on an account already, but in that case, why did it even show the "this account is new" screen at all? – randomdude999 Aug 27 '17 at 9:13
  • Not sure, like I said, not familiar with the internals of the login system, especially in stackexchange.com which has different code base. – Shadow The Curly Braced Wizard Aug 27 '17 at 10:00

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