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    • CommentAuthorRyan Budney
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2010 edited
    Dear moderators,

    Julia Collins posted a question to MO recently:

    The question was asked before she logged in.

    Shortly after she realized she had an OpenID, so now she uses her OpenID but can't edit her original question. There's also the issue of repulation fragmentation between the identity with which she posted the question and her OpenID identity (which have the same name).

    Could these be merged into her one OpenID-ed user? I think this is a common issue and I think she's a little unclear about how to go about fixing it. Should users be picking individual moderators and e-mailing them?

    • CommentAuthorAnweshi
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2010

    This problem of multiple instances of the same user happened earlier with engelbrekt(14 users by one person!). At that time Anton mentioned something about the benefits of having an OpenID, etc.. Maybe this could be added to the FAQ.

    Consolidating accounts is something that Anton et al. do routinely. The processing of the request might take longer than usual this time because of the joint meetings in San Francisco, but I'm sure it will be taken care of as a result of this thread.

    Alternately, sending an email to Anton G. couldn't hurt.

    I merged the two accounts.

    • CommentAuthorMariano
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2010

    Now Gerhard Paseman has three different identities.



    I can't find any of "Gerhard Paseman"'s accounts. Could you tell me the user numbers?


    @Qaiochu, how did you find these? When I type either "gerhard" or "paseman" into the user search box, I find nothing. Perhaps I'm seeing a bug?

    I have merged these two accounts.


    I found the last Gerhard (3300), copied over that OpenID as an alternate, and merged the accounts. 3206 is now the definitive Gerhard Paseman!


    If somebody has multiple unregistered accounts, it's probably because their browser is throwing away the MO cookie regularly, so they'll continue to generate more accounts. If this is happening, I don't see the point of merging the accounts. So if somebody has multiple unregistered accounts, I email the owner rather than merging the accounts. Once they register an account, I merge all the unregistered accounts into it. I emailed Gerhard Paseman yesterday, and he said he'd get back to me once he registers an account.

    Unregistered users don't show up on the user list (see this meta.SE request) unless you type in their exact display name, but moderators have a way to search for users based on OpenID, email, or display name, which does search unregistered users.