I just signed up for an Stack Exchange account. I am trying to log in on Area 51, but I get a No login found error.


  1. I go to https://area51.stackexchange.com/

  2. I click on log in which is a link to https://area51.stackexchange.com/users/login?returnurl=%2f

  3. I am redirected to https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/login?returnurl=https%3a%2f%2farea51.stackexchange.com%2fusers%2flogin-or-signup%2fdelegated%3freturnurl%3dhttps%253a%252f%252farea51.stackexchange.com%26type%3dlogin&cdl=1 that shows

    Completing log in to Area 51
    You will be redirected automatically

    (I am already logged in into my Stack Exchange account.)

  4. I am redirected to https://area51.stackexchange.com/users/login-or-signup/delegated?returnurl=https%3a%2f%2farea51.stackexchange.com&type=login showing

    Unable to log in with your OpenID provider: No user found
    Log in or Sign up

I get identical results using Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

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    This appears to be a bug with the recent discontinuation of OpenID throughout the network. Area 51 hasn't been maintained in a long while; it's based on a fork of the software in its early days. Recently, in a push to remove OpenID there, they removed the login flow there and routed it through Meta Stack Exchange, this site. It appears that there's some sort of inconsistency there. Nov 29, 2018 at 17:38
  • @SonictheWizardWerehog I mentioned in my answer that the user didn't joined Area 51 and needs to join the community first. Also seems like a OpenID discontinuation issue. Mar 12, 2019 at 0:35

1 Answer 1


You cannot login because you need to join the community.
You cannot participate on Area 51 if you didn't join Area 51.
Creating an account on Stack Exchange does not create accounts for all Stack Exchange sites.
But when you join the community (or site), your profile will be copied over to the site and your profile will be linked to your Stack Exchange account.
You need to click Sign Up or Join this community then try to log in.

Note: Area 51 signup or join is broken according to this question. Area 51 signup is fixed

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    Yes, the "sign up" link seemed to work!!! Thanks! Mar 12, 2019 at 20:45
  • 1
    A note from the future– clicking "Join this Community" from Meta.A51 did not work, and instead led to a "User Not Found" error page. I had to click the "Sign Up" button on A51 main in order to get it to go through.
    – zcoop98
    May 10, 2021 at 23:01
  • It seems to be broken again Mar 20 at 4:45

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