The words "profile" and "account" have been used interchangeably in multiple places across the network, but I am not sure if it is the right thing to do. Also, I could not find any official definition of "profile" and "account" given by SE.
Let's take a look at places where the words have been used interchangeably:
- How do I delete my account? help center article only mentions 'account' once (in the title), uses 'profile' in the rest of the article.
- I accidentally created two accounts; how do I merge them? help center article
- Contact page - "I need to merge user profiles" (leads to "How to merge duplicate accounts" box)
Can you please use consistent wording to avoid confusion?
I would like to quote something related from Stacks:
Pick names early and implement them consistently. Consistent language reduces the number of things your users have to learn or remember. If multiple names already exist, identify and eliminate them.