If I open an account on a second Stack Exchange site with the same email address as my Stack Overflow account, will they automatically be linked?

If so, how can I avoid it?


Yes, a second SE account will automatically be associated with your SO account, and there is no way to avoid this.

You can hide linked accounts, as explained in Hiding sites from the main StackExchange.com profile page?.

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  • Thanks. Will this last, or will the automatic association continue occurring? – user148268 Feb 15 '11 at 10:49
  • Not sure, but judging by this question, it seems it will continue: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/52272 – Jason Plank Feb 15 '11 at 10:56
  • Does this happen instantly? I just registered an account at Area 51, and had to manually "add" my email again somewhere in the profile before it linked. I registered with an email that was already linked to about 6 accounts. – keyser May 25 '12 at 15:40
  • Pretty sure the ability to clear associations was removed quite some time ago. – ale Oct 2 '18 at 14:59
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    @ale true, better edit this answer to prevent confusion. – Shadow Wizard is Ear For You Oct 2 '18 at 15:04

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