I just joined stackoverflow.com and have found that, if I wanted to use the other Stack Exchange sites like programmers, meta, photography, etc., for each one I have to create a new account. Why can't I have one account for all the sites belonging to Stack Exchange. I understand that badges from one site are not applicable to other sites, but how about generic badges or military-like decorations?

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There isn't one account. Your accounts are linked instead.

Log in with the same OpenID, email, etc you used on stackoverflow, on any other stackexchange website and it will ask if you want to link up your related accounts.

Then, if you goto your profile you'll see : Stats|Prefs|Accounts With all your accounts on the stackexchange network.

Most users here have accounts linked up. You can also have your bio copied across all sites.

  • If (which is to be expected) one uses the very same OpenID account, and associates the accounts when prompted to do so.
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:20
  • I see. In that case what is it linked to ? Meaning whats the master account and how do I access it ??
    – user159692
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:23
  • Yes I marked the answer then edited it =P Hoping to be the FGITW but seems its been 8 mins and I'm the only answer. Hmm Meta is different....
    – gideon
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:23
  • @user I updated my answer.
    – gideon
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:23
  • @user also see this question for WHY there are separate accounts (Which are linked) meta.stackexchange.com/questions/69422/…
    – gideon
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:26
  • Thanx...I guess I am confused by the fact that every time I goto a new site I am asked to login ( I use my gmail/google account) to sign in, and once I provide it, it then asks me to create a account using open id. if I used my gmail account where is this open ID coming from and more importantly how do I find my open ID
    – user159692
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:28
  • @user - the accounts are just linked to each other. There's no "master" as such, except perhaps the one with the most reputation.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:29
  • @user this might help : technofriends.in/2008/11/10/…
    – gideon
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:30
  • @giddy thanks - the technofriends link helped.
    – user159692
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:36
  • You're welcome! I found the OpenID bit confusing myself. I remember creating some duplicate a/c or something. That's why I googled and came across that article! =P
    – gideon
    Commented Apr 1, 2011 at 14:39

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