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It would make sense from a mathematical perspective. However, try to put yourself in the shoes of a new user who asked a couple of bad, downvoted questions. After hanging around a bit more, they finally get a feel for how the site works and they start to post something valuable (a question or answer, doesn't matter). Now what would be more discouraging than ...


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The solution is to allow cookies for Stack Overflow. Sometimes browsers tend to automatically block cookies but if you allow them you're good to go. Steps to allow third party cookies in Chrome browser: Click the More icon (), then click Settings. Click "Privacy and security" in the left navigation bar. Click "Site Settings". Scroll down,...


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A user's username isn't unique by design. If there's an actual risk of impersonation (say if someone else called themselves Journeyman Geek, and had a dog as an avatar) flag it, explain what's going on, and someone will take a look and deal with it.


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There were actually two users with a network account Id set to 0, both of them created at about the same time. I can only imagine that there was some short-lived glitch in the database back in 2019 that has not reoccurred. Both the profiles have now been deleted, given it's pretty much impossible to track down a real account or what happened without a ...


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I think your best bet would be to send a GDPR request, to ask SE to remove your previous email completely. You can do so via this form: https://stackoverflow.com/legal/gdpr/request While the law that forces SE to adhere to this is a European one, I have no hints that they limit this to European citizens. AFAIK they will also effect request made by other ...


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There is no bug here. There is no tool for re-associating all content that was ever attached to every profile attached to a network account. We can only reattach posts on a per-site basis, one at a time, manually. And per-site also means Meta is a separate site as well. You were likely asked which sites you wanted reassociated if there were multiple sites ...


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I would not call 2FA simple at all. Anything that touches the core authentication part has the potential for disastrous security issues, so even if it were simple it still would require a lot of work to make sure it's safe. And one of the biggest issues when implementing 2FA is to work out a good reset mechanism when people inevitably lose their second ...


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This feature request is to allow splitting up a collection of thematically different Stack Exchange accounts among multiple user accounts. First off, why limit the feature request only to 'thematically different accounts'? The easiest way to allow this would be ... to allow this for any and all site profiles, regardless of their theme. Each site has its own ...


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The email that was initially sent to your @pm.me address was bounced by the server, and the email was subsequently marked as suppressed due to that (which means future email attempts to the same address get dropped). That is definitely something that occurred on Protonmail's side - only they can bounce a message. If one of them is working, though, we suggest ...


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It is not a good idea to encourage users to abandon an account and create a fresh one instead of working to improve their contributions, which is exactly what allowing a user to accrue reputation debt would do. If my account is at -50 points, why would I fix the existing content instead of creating a new account and start fresh at 1 point? If you hide the ...


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I'm not sure if it's still the case, but it used to be the case that moderators could also see previous emails. There are various events that are logged in a user profile history, changing your mail address was one of those events. Moderators can view this history for every user on their site. You also should make sure that the login method you use, whether ...


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For me, it was Adblock Plus that was preventing the login. I disabled it temporarily, logged in, and everything works. Chrome Version 87.0.4280.88 (Official Build) (x86_64) macOS 11.0.1


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If you hover over any of the greyed-out profiles, the answer is right there in the mouseover text: This account is hidden - you can see it as you are a moderator on the network Stack Exchange has a lot of useful information "hidden in plain sight" in mouseover text. If you don't know what something means, check if there's any mouseover text :-)


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On the per-site-metas there are reduced options available in your meta profile editor (English.SE) compared to your main profile editor (English.SE). From the description in your question it sounds like you are using the Stack Exchange profile editor (Network Profile) which only offers the "Update profile info" option. To use a more fully featured ...


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From the FAQ How can I delete my account? Area 51 profiles: As Area 51 runs off a significantly older version of the Stack Exchange software, the ability to delete your own account is not implemented there. You may request deletion of your Area 51 account by using the contact form there (choose "I need to delete my user profile", then close the ...


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When you set up a password for an email address on our network, you are actually creating an OpenID credential with that email and password. While we discontinued OpenID services years ago, the underlying mechanism for credential creation is still exactly the same. Deleting a credential from your account only disassociates it from your account - it does not ...


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Greyed-out profiles on a user's network account are ones that the user has hidden from general view. Only moderators and the user themselves can see them on the network account page. As you're a moderator on at least one site, you see these on all network profiles which have hidden communities.


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Because unregistered users have not verified the email address they have entered, we cannot perform merges of those accounts until they have verified they own the email. Instead of using a credential, they use a cookie to stay attached to the account. Once they've lost that cookie, we can't determine who they are anymore and they'll either create another ...


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Firefox has "containers" - essentially groups of tabs whose cookies, etc. are kept separate within the same profile. The feature is built-in, but the management is via an official add-on called Multi-Account Containers. What you can do with Multi-Account Containers Log in to multiple accounts on a single website at the same time. For example, if ...


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The login is working, but you already have an account registered with that email address. Normally, we would trigger an auto-merge in this case because you've verified ownership of both accounts. However, you are also a member of a Team so you are not allowed to use automatic or self-serve merging. You will need to contact Teams support in order to have the ...


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Revisiting this. I've confirmed this is still an issue with the SEDE query provided in comments, but this isn't particularly high priority given the number of people impacted - it's a strange case. I've put this into our backlog so we can address in the future and will have the team update here once we have more. Adding status-deferred for now.


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If you can't remember your old password, it appears you can go to account recovery, and request an email reset there, commonly called the forgot password form https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/account-recovery


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I think that it is definitely worth to cover this case in the FAQ, seeing there are people that come to ask about this here on MSE. It would be good to have this included in the FAQ, so it can be used as a duplicate target. Which is more helpful the just closing such question as off-topic. We also should include this as people are seeking for "justice&...


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From my (limited web developer) experience, people usually need to log in again when: Their session cookie expired Or They "lost" their cookies So, my guess here is that you have a Firefox preference somewhere that say "remove every cookies" any time you close Firefox (or, I guess it could also be a temporary thing. Like "remove ...


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How about this, try: Unblock (and turn off) all extensions that block domains (Disconnect, Privacy Badger, uBlock Origin...) and reload the page. Then try signing in again (if prompted). Then try to reproduce the problem.


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The understanding I reach is : When the user has lost access to his cookie-only account, the account's owner cannot be reached by the merge robot and no merge is possible. How can one link / merge / combine / associate two accounts / users? (Anonymous / unregistered / cookie, or Google / Facebook / registered) doesn't deal with this situation and could ...


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You may need to allow all cross-site cookies and third-party cookies. I have also tried setting the tracking prevention (in Edge/Firefox/Chrome) to balanced and disabled any blocking extensions. It should work after a browser reload (that is, closing the browser and then opening it again with the same windows.)


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This is the HTML based email you got: When you click that blue button you're actually navigating to an url that looks like this https://sg-links.stackoverflow.email/ls/click?upn=[many many chars]. If there is something wrong with the [many many chars] (for example you missed one) you end up with the error message: Wrong Link You have clicked on an invalid ...


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