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Create account out of anonymous question? [duplicate]

For the sake of simplicity I posted an anonymous question on a Stack Exchange site yesterday. Is there a way to "un-anonymize" the posted question by linking it to an account that will be created (To ...
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Can Unregistered Users delete their questions? [duplicate]

If I were to accidentally ask a question as an unregistered user, could I go back and delete that question?
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Can unregistered users be blocked from answering on some sites?

A few years ago, a policy change was made so that unregistered users could no longer post questions, only answers. The reasoning given by Jeff Atwood for not requiring registration across the board ...
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Wrong error message when suggesting an edit on a per-site-meta when not logged in [duplicate]

It is probably very unlikely for anybody to encounter this bug, but just for completeness’ sake: If you try to access the edit link to a post on a per-site-meta, e.g., https://german.meta....
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Ability to see whether or not an unregistered user has a valid session

As a moderator, it can be beneficial for me to know whether or not an unregistered account is "still alive" or has been thoroughly abandoned. An unregistered user has only a cookie based session, ...
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Do the new user pages no longer show if a user is unregistered?

The old user pages showed if a user was unregistered, but I haven't been able to find that note on any users with the new page. Now it's possible that no one is using the sites I've been checking ...
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What happens when I post an answer as a guest?

If I want to answer a question when I am not logged in, I can post an answer as a guest on Stack Overflow. What happens when I do that? Does it mean I have created a new account on Stack Overflow?
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Can we auto-hide the 'Thanks for contributing an answer...' box when the focus goes away from the textarea?

For unregistered users, when you click the textarea for answering a question, a big box comes up with information on how to answer, but when you click away, it should go away itself, you shouldn't ...
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Why is the editor toolbar grayed out for unregistered users?

Why is the editor toolbar grayed out for unregistered users on sites where they can post answers? I don't think it really makes sense for it to be grayed out if they can post answers - what's the ...
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Can we remove the textarea border for asking/posting questions?

This is a bug report/feature-request. The feature-request: Normally, the border is fine, but for unregistered users, or registered users who click the 'help' button, the top part of the border ...
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The 'ok' on the 'Your Answer' dialog on unregistered sites is a bit too high

The 'ok' on the 'Your Answer' dialog on unregistered sites is a bit too high: You can see the top of the k is outside the actual box, increasing the margin-top by 10px in the containing div fixes it.
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Intercept misguided "answers" and edits by users with stranded accounts

In lieu of requiring registration for all users, I think we could do better with detecting when a user has created multiple accounts and intercepting them before it creates a problem. Most of the ...
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"Post as guest" is a bad user experience and encourages low quality contributions. Get rid of it

Since its inception Stack Exchange has tried to make it as easy as possible to ask a question, most of the time. This was done by implementing the concept of an "unregistered" user, ...
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Let unregistered users browse more than just "newest" questions [duplicate]

When I browse questions on a site I'm registered for, I can see all questions - newest, featured, frequent, votes, active, and unanswered. But on sites I am not registered for, I can browse only ...
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"Show more comments" link breaks for unregistered users if a comment is posted after page load

I didn't report this earlier as it is such a subtle bug and difficult to reproduce. I first noticed this many months ago, likely right after the comment update that split the "add comment / show all ...
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Can I re-login as the same unregistered user? [duplicate]

I was having problems logging in to my account, and so I logged in as an unregistered user and asked a question. I received a good answer and would like to give credit. How do I login as the same ...
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Please merge my Mathematics Stack Exchange accounts

I have, as they seem to be called, a "cookie-only" account or two on Mathematics Stack Exchange. Can they be merged with my account here: https://math.stackexchange.com/users/179960/human which is ...
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Why can't I vote (up/down) on sites where I'm not a registered member?

I ask this question for a very simple reason: I love voting on questions on any SE site where I learn new things, or recognize bad user behavior on a particular site. What I'm asking is this: why we ...
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Request Failed trying to view Favorites in iOS App when unregistered

Many actions in the app require user to be logged in, and warn as such when that's not the case. For instance, when trying to vote you get "You need an account in order to vote". However, viewing ...
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Rep loss from downvoting unregistered users' posts - can we do away with it?

As I've been patrolling the review queues on a couple of my more active sites lately, I've been noticing a lot of really poor answers from unregistered users. (For example, this or this or this or ...
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Why are unregistered users not allowed to post questions on some sites?

I know this isn't a big deal for me but why do guests get to post answers but not post questions?
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Is my unregistered account lost? [duplicate]

I recently asked a question with an unregistered account here: Do I really need to stay the full 2 weeks' notice? This account now has reputation, and my question has generated discussion I'd ...
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What should I do when somebody uses my email? [duplicate]

I have two email addresses (or more!), one of which I'm using for Stack Overflow (with my current account), while I am certainly not using the other anywhere on Stack Exchange. Recently, I've ...
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Make the ToS more prominent on registration and new questions from unregistered users

Currently, we have a little line at the very bottom when asking a new question as an unregistered user: By posting your question, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service. There is a ...
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What happens to unregistered users' comments/answers after migration?

Recently a question of mine was migrated from unix.se to SO. After a few hours I noticed that all answers and comments from a given user had disappeared (there were only 3 or 4 users who contributed). ...
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Are unregistered users making more pain than gain?

I have seen multiple questions here on meta discussing how to merge accounts that have originated as unregistered user. Today it was this post on Music.SE where someone had posted a question under ...
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When do I lose my unregistered account? [duplicate]

When I login as anonymous, (well it sounds weird, but logged in with email only in SO, or as a guest) What causes me to lose that account? (not being able to post something as the user) closing ...
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What is an anonymous user capable of?

I know it's possible for someone to add an answer or improve a post (edit) without having actual account. What else is an anonymous visitor or unregistered user capable of in Stack Exchange sites?
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Dealing with SPAM: Hellbanning obvious spammers

The last time we've discussed hellbanning, it was in the context of low-quality contributors. I agree that people who post crap should not be hellbanned. Suspension, auto-question ban, and all other ...
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Statistics for posts from unregistered versus registered accounts

I would like to have statistics for the quality of posts coming from unregistered versus registered accounts on my site. It is my suspicion that people who are willing to put out the effort to ...
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Display list of Unregistered users by Reputation

There are questions about searching for Unregistered users such as Is there a way to sift through a list of unregistered users? but none appear address this or provide a solution to what I desire. I ...
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Is there a connection between users named "user#######" and unregistered users?

Why are some user name formatted user########, is this linked with unregistered users and if does a unregistered status appear on every unregistered users profile?
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Update about page to reflect that questions can't be asked without registering (on Stack Overflow)

Related: Clarify the "No registration required" message Evidently it is no longer possible to ask questions on Stack Overflow without signing up for an account. I have no opinions on this ...
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It's way too easy to spam the site. How can we make it harder without sacrificing usability to new (legit) users?

After the last (not so big thanks to Shog(\o/)) blast of spam a couple users and I (with a mod) decided to run some tests. We found that it's extremely easy to post a spam question. Ridiculously ...
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Merging unregistered user [closed]

In SO, I saw my duplicate account saying "Unregistered". I don't remember creating it. I tried to merge the account with following link : https://stackoverflow.com/help/edit-logins. But couldn't. How ...
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In which cases is considered requiring to have a registered account to post on a Stack Exchange site a necessity?

As far as I recall, Stack Overflow requires users to have a registered account to post. (I don't remember if that is true for answers, questions, or both.) In which cases is this considered also for ...
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Deactivate Stack Overflow Account

I have a Stack Overflow account with name NeverHopeless. I mistakenly created another account with the same name when I was posting here. These are the steps I followed and the account created: When ...
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How can I access unregistered account from another computer? [duplicate]

I have an unregistered account on one of the stackexchange domains. The problem is, I only get logged in as that account on the PC I used to ask that question. Is it a possibility to transfer this ...
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What happens when a user clicks 'Was this post useful to you?' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Anonymous user feedback now in testing Whenever we move the mouse cursor to the 'add comment' area, a display appears asking 'Was this post useful to you?'. When we provide ...
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Do merged unregistered users get notifications from all merged accounts?

So from Do unregistered users get notifications? I know unregistered users get notifications. But I've got a user who keeps coming back as an unregistered user (and being merged into the same user so ...
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Make the option to register more explicit

I'm going to ask/answer a question on a new site, guys! Let's just fill out this last form here. Well, I don't have an account, so to register I just fill in my name and email, right? Wrong. Kind of....
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is it possible to merge my unregistered account with current one ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can one link/merge/combine/associate two accounts/users? (Anonymous/unregistered/cookie or OpenID/registered) I have asked some questions, before I create my existing ...
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Trying to assign a bounty with an unregistered account, during the grace period, causes a silent error

Assigning a bounty from an unregistered account silently fails. The notice about the bounty says, "you have 23 hours to award the bounty"; selecting one of the answers shows a browser dialog box, and ...
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How can I find/search for an unregistered user?

I recall there were three or four unregistered user with the same name on Math.SE. How can I confirm it? Is there anyway to search for the user? If one person is creating more than one unregistered ...
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Stack Exchange Community Statistics results: In which ways do unregistered users participate?

Source: In which ways do unregistered users participate? Data source: February 6, 2012 NDA dump The results here are only for StackOverflow, as it pretty well dominates the network. The final month ...
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Make it more clear that an unregistered account is linked to the browser used to create it

When a user creates an unregistered account while asking a question, or posting an answer without being logged in, there isn't any note that the account being created is linked to the browser being ...
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Clarify the "No registration required" message

I think the "no registration required" message that every new visitor sees on the front page is a bit misleading. … or isn't it? Obviously, you have to register somehow to get started and I assume ...
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Unregistered user can delete his account, even when having upvoted questions or answers

Today I found a new question on Crypto.SE (with nonsense content), posted by a non-existing user account. The question is now deleted, but devs should be able to look it up: https://crypto....
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How can a newly registered account flag a previously unregistered account's questions?

I have registered a Stack Exchange OpenID account with Stack Overflow and would like to merge that with an unregistered account on Stack Overflow. The e-mail addresses are the same in both accounts ...
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Identify unregistered users in flag queue

So far, there's only one way to differentiate posts listed in the flag queue. Between questions and answers, questions show the user-card in blue (as it always has) and answers have an additional "...