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? Aug 27, 2017 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. Aug 27, 2017 at 8:59
  • So all good now? Aug 27, 2017 at 9:00
  • Yeah. Should I delete the question then? Or edit it to say what happened? Aug 27, 2017 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. Aug 27, 2017 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. Aug 27, 2017 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? Aug 27, 2017 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. Aug 27, 2017 at 10:00

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