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What's the SO policy about having multiple user accounts?


EDIT: hmm...So what's the right answer? You can have multiple accounts if you don't up vote yourself?

  • It looks like they've been merged, both the asker and the answerer have the same user id now.
    – Andy E
    May 28, 2010 at 9:16
  • So it's not allowed. It's great:)
    – hgulyan
    May 28, 2010 at 9:48
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    As long as you don't use them for sock puppetry it's tolerated, but frowned upon. If they're brought to the attention of the team they tend to be merged.
    – ChrisF Mod
    May 28, 2010 at 11:21
  • you may accept Kop answer, I tend to agree with him actually. but your account will get merge, when someone raise a question to merge, like the user in your question.
    – YOU
    May 28, 2010 at 14:22
  • @S.Mark, let other users to decide. Which will have more votes, that will be accepted:)
    – hgulyan
    May 28, 2010 at 14:27

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As far as I know you can have as many accounts as you want for any reason (asking embarrassing questions, wanting to post answers/questions anonymously, wanting a fresh start, etc) as long as you don't upvote yourself.

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    In other words: Alts are OK, Sock Puppets are not.
    – Randolpho
    May 28, 2010 at 14:02

Both are unregistered accounts, so may be he just lost his browser cookies or used different browser / computer and ended up creating new account.


I can think of one case where one user has multiple accounts (three I think), but it cause(s|d) no problems.

Oscar Reyes used to have 3 accounts, but now they have been merged into one. He had over 10k rep on at least 2 of them.

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