I just tried to login to the Data Explorer and it gave me a jon.doe user.

I used the same openid...

How can I link this to my other accounts?

  • That link goes to an Edgar Codd photo now, so this question won't be useful in the future; voting to close.
    – Pops
    Jun 17, 2011 at 20:19
  • I've seen a new Jon.doe user created today. The name is confusing. Even user12345 is better, if you are not able to show real name from openid provider. See feature request meta.stackexchange.com/questions/146382/… May 19, 2013 at 22:00
  • This is in the SEDE FAQ (I now belatedly learned).
    – tripleee
    Jun 7, 2014 at 13:44

2 Answers 2


Well, it helps if you keep using your same open id provider :) First time you logged in with google, second time with myopenid.

data.se, does not participate in our global auth scheme. It predated it and our stack exchange identity scheme does not have public endpoints.

As it stands data.se tries to guess a login for you from your openid provider, if it fails it assigns you a unique jon.doe login.

I went ahead and merged your 2 accounts

  • Thanks @waffles. I wasn't sure that the DE wasn't tied into that. Mar 30, 2011 at 11:53
  • A pity, then, that SE's own openID does not enable Stack Exchange Data Explorer to "guess right".
    – Raphael
    Jan 27, 2014 at 9:19
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    How can I/the-next-person merge our accounts?
    – dfc
    Mar 15, 2014 at 0:43
  • @dfc On my (now deleted) duplicate I was told that these accounts are separate, and that there is no need (or way) to merge.
    – tripleee
    Jun 7, 2014 at 11:01
  • Suggest removing the first paragraph from this answer, as this seems to happen regardless.
    – tripleee
    Jun 7, 2014 at 11:03

I think it was side effect of this fix?

Logging into Data Explorer gives ASP.NET Runtime Error

  • I experienced that... Mar 30, 2011 at 0:37
  • "Invalid endpoint" (or something like that) was another one that created jon.does. Mar 30, 2011 at 1:33
  • That bug was an issue with generating the jon.doe names uniquely -- the name generation itself is by design. (See @waffles' answer.)
    – Jon Seigel
    Mar 30, 2011 at 2:53

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