Basically, around 2012 I created my current SO account. I have since had an email change, as I became locked out of my yahoo email account, and so I started using the Google email associated with my Google account - the one Google, by default, creates for every Google account holder. I tried to log into Stack Overflow with the google email, and it created a brand new account. At first I was freaked, because I had worked up what (to me) was a decent amount of rep on some sites, and it appeared that somehow my (relatively) inactive account had somehow been pruned from the site.

I eventually discovered that SE creates a new account for each email. Is this intended behaviour when you log on with Google? I was under the impression that it is supposed to be 1 account/Google account.

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    @rene I missed the third link. I thought it might be a bug. Eh. Honestly, underneath, it is probably implemented as a simple Dictionary, so I guess it makes sense from a technical point of view, but from a user point of view it seems like an odd feature. – JDSweetBeat Oct 18 '17 at 15:42
  • If you think it is a bug it would need some more clear info / repro steps because I find it hard to understand why you would think that two different emails wouldn't lead to two accounts, assuming you didn't link them earlier in any way. And I read your question as help me fix this situation not as an I used a feature that needs to be repaired but based on the info I think the system behaves as designed. – rene Oct 18 '17 at 15:47
  • @rene I was operating under the assumtion that SE checks for the Google account to log in, not the email address. I was unaware that you had to explicitly link the emails together. – JDSweetBeat Oct 18 '17 at 17:33

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