Yesterday I set up an unregistered account to ask one question on a site in which I am not a member of. I want to make it clear that I am not interested in merging the two accounts. I am not interested in rep. I only wanted some information. After many hours of silence, someone commented on my post but since logging out I cannot log in to my unregistered account.
I checked my second email address, the one I used to set up the unregistered account and saw I received a notification from SE asking me to confirm my email address but when I clicked on the link and followed instructions the log in still failed, the error message reads
The complete signup link you just used is incomplete.
Please try signing up again. If you're still having trouble, contact support.
Here is another error message
Could not complete signup - email address was not verified. Please try signing up again.
If you're still having trouble, contact support.
I visited the following page How can I log in into my not-registered SO account? and followed the instructions supplied by @Michael Mrozek
It is as long as you provided a valid e-mail address when you posted the answer. Go to the Account Recovery page and give it the e-mail address of the account you want to recover. You'll get an e-mail that has a link that will give you a new cookie for that account. Since unregistered accounts are entirely cookie-based, you'll need to do that every time you get logged out (so it really is saner to just register it if you're going to be using it long-term)
That answer was posted in Mar 17 '11 , so maybe things have changed since then? But what did I do wrong? By the way, I have not deleted my browser history or any of the cookies.
Is this a bug? Is this normal? Yes, in the meantime I have contacted support but I would like to know what did I do that was wrong?
Furthermore, doesn't this experience help explain why so many unregistered users never return to accept an answer, reply to comments or edit their posts. How many unregistered users give up on the first hurdle?
P.S I don't think this question is a duplicate of this because I carefully followed the instructions, but somewhere I messed up.
I received a response from Stack Overflow Community (by the way, why is it Stack Overflow and not Stack Exchange?) saying
We've reset the account for your email address, please try completing the registration process again and let us know if it doesn't work.
But when I logged out and tried to log in using my second email address, this is still the error message I get.
And I cannot log on using my second email address because it requires a password, which I don't have.
I have replied to support thanking them for their help but explaining that the situation is more complicated than I originally thought. We'll see what happens.
Trying to recover my unregistered account
I tried the recovery process using the same browser (seems that was a mistake) and SE gave me the opportunity to create a new account, which is what I didn't want. It seems the only solution is to ask SE to merge it with this current account, which I don't want.