I want to use one dedicated account for and only for all the OpenExchange sites. That means I don't want to use third-party login methods like Google or Facebook.

For this reason I have created an OpenID account on Stack Exchange OpenID. However, when you go to the login page, there is no option for this login method. You have to click on "more login options" and then copy paste a special OpenID link that you can find on your SE OpenID account details page.

Why isn't logging via Stack Exchange's OpenID service more friendly?

For example, there could be button like "Login via Stack Exchange OpenID".

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    Have you tried on a different network site? Because usually when you go to a site and you're already logged in on the network, you're not given the option to use anything else, just a button for "join this site". Every now and then (rarely) it breaks and doesn't recognize your OpenID... is it possible that's the problem here? Can you show us a screenshot of the page you're on?
    – Catija
    Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 19:29
  • What is "OpenExchange sites"? Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 22:16
  • The one situation where you actually have to do this is when you unlinked your SE open ID from an account and need to link it again. Otherwise its just username and password as enjoli and Adam have suggested. My secondary account uses a + notation gmail account with a password and it works fine, except when I forget the password ;p Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 1:18
  • @PeterMortensen There is list of the sites: stackexchange.com/sites
    – isevcik
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 8:20
  • @Catija As you have written - you have to be logged at least on one site, but what if I am not.
    – isevcik
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 8:22

2 Answers 2


The email/password fields are the Stack Exchange OpenID credentials. We optimized the UI for the majority of people who neither know nor particularly care about what OpenID is.

So, no need to click "more options" and paste anything in, just punch in your email and password and you'll be good to go.

  • Actually, that's really not obvious. I had no idea those fields are for Stack Exchange OpenID for long years, thinking they're meant to log in using whatever email provider I have. Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 21:46
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard Where did I say it was obvious?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 21:50
  • You didn't, but I wanted to link to feature request asking to make it clearer... just can't find it. Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 21:57
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard Fair enough. At this point, though, introducing (what I personally think would be) "technically correct" clarifications would likely only cause more confusion for all the people who have signed up with an email/password in the past... uh... 3 or 4 years? I forget when this change went in, exactly.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 22:02
  • What I suggest is as simple as this. Pretty sure I've already suggested this somewhere... maybe it got downvoted and auto nuked by now. Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 22:32
  • @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard That does sound familiar. Now... imagine you just signed up. Suddenly there's something called "Stack Exchange OpenID"? Where did your normal email and password field go? This boat has sailed, IMO.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 16:11
  • I didn't know that I can use OpenID credentials there. Now it makes sense but maybe it would be better to have a mention about this possibility on the login page.
    – isevcik
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 8:15
  • @Adam well, one has to start learning somewhere... :-) Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 9:40

A screenshot is attached for visual people.

  • Go to stackexchange.com
  • Click Log in at the top right
  • Select the Stack Exchange Logo (instead of the third-party logins)
  • Enter Email & password to authenticate.

Many Thanks to Peter Mortensen for editorial assistance & doppelgreener for visual artistry =)

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    er, no need to delete and repost, you can always edit your own posts. Considering the other one is a +1, undeleting that , editing it and deleting this one makes so much more sense. Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 5:27
  • Deleted and reposted for user disassociation not editorial purposes. Thank you for your due care. Social Points are not my personal motivator.
    – Enjoli
    Commented Feb 9, 2018 at 17:21

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