I want my Meta profile kept unassociated with the others. Maybe that's swimming against the current, but that's what I want.

Feature: Don't automatically associate my account when I login.

Auto-associating when I create a new account is fine: I only have to rejigger the associations once per new account. But I run a development branch of Chrome, and if I have to kill it often (like I have today), then I often lose all my cookies, which means I get logged out. This also applies to anyone that uses multiple computers, possibly public ones.

This is primarily an issue of what I want shown on my profile page: I don't want someone viewing my SO profile to click-through to my Meta profile. I want to keep the two somewhat separate, because I don't want the Unicorny aspect of Meta to color my more-professional/-serious profiles.

I don't want to eliminate this fun aspect from Meta, either, even though I've participated in it less often lately. I want to freely switch avatars (and maybe even display names, my current is 28 days old) and participate in [friday] posts without having to worry what they may automatically be linked with.

  • I was prolly 3/4 of the way through that last conversation 'fore I realized who you were on A51. Someone needs to keep track of this stuff...
    – Shog9
    Jun 3, 2010 at 3:06
  • @Shog9: A good point, but that's also why I put my SO profile URL as my homepage on the Meta profile. (And other users have varying display names.) I will use the workaround Jeff suggests if I must, in any case.
    – Gnome
    Jun 3, 2010 at 3:08
  • I completely agree with Gnome. It is really annoying.
    – jman
    Dec 15, 2011 at 9:04

1 Answer 1


To do this, you must use a different OpenID for your meta account.

  • If this is the final answer, go ahead and tag [status-declined] and I'll go figure out the swapping process. :(
    – Gnome
    Jun 3, 2010 at 2:33
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    -1 this is really annoying. I want to keep my meta profile separate.. Jun 8, 2010 at 3:06
  • If one has some website to which one could add OpenID headers, then one should be able to "fool" the sites into thinking one is somebody else, while still using the same actual OpenID provider.
    – Arjan
    Jul 17, 2010 at 16:05
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    I would down-vote this answer as well if I could. This is death by 1001 paper-cuts. Someone as brainy as yourself could surely come up with a state machine that keeps the users happy. Why auto-associate the accounts at all? Why not let the users opt-in rather than opt-out?
    – Joe Polski
    Aug 6, 2010 at 14:24

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