I think I'm having the same issue as reported in this question:

Why am I jon.doe when logging into Data Explorer?

When I log into SEDE with the same OpenID account I use for SE, a different user comes up ("James Wiseman" on Stack Exchange and "adsense" in Data Explorer).

Is there anything I can do personally to rectify this, or must I rely on the admins?

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The related question you mention here is a different issue (when creating an account with an OpenID where we can't programmatically determine your name, the account is assigned a unique predefined 'jon.doe' name).

Data Explorer's login mechanism is not linked to the Stack Exchange Network, because Data Explorer is open-source and the Network site code is not.

Since it's a totally separate system, you get assigned a separate user account, which cannot be associated like a user account on the Network can be.

If you want your displayed information on Data Explorer to match your other profiles, you have to manually copy in the info.

  • So now I have two accounts, one at work and one at home, both with the same OpenID. Is that expected?
    – mmyers
    Jun 17, 2011 at 17:26
  • @mmyers: Two accounts on SEDE? No. That sounds like a bug.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 17, 2011 at 17:28
  • So what does this statement from the SEDE FAQ mean data.stackexchange.com/faq 'We will automatically populate any parameter named ##UserId## with your user id on the respective sites (if your EmailHash matches)'? Jun 17, 2011 at 18:22
  • @James: That means it searches in the selected site's data for an e-mail hash matching the hash of the user who's currently logged in, and if found, auto-populates a parameter field. It has nothing to do with the login system.
    – Jon Seigel
    Jun 17, 2011 at 18:46
  • Right, ok. So how come it doesn't autopopulate for me? Jun 17, 2011 at 18:48
  • @mmyers not anymore you don't. (: SEDE will now account for valid variations on the openid, and I merged your accounts. Oct 5, 2011 at 8:51

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