A while ago I committed to the Chemistry stack exchange proposal. I already had an account on physics.stackexchange.com, and I intended to commit using that account, but instead I ended up committed as an "unregistered user". (I don't remember exactly why that happened, but I do remember that the process of committing was pretty confusing. There was a box saying "real name" and I was like "huh, that'a bit weird, but I guess at some point it will ask me to log in to my account and my real name won't be published", but no, it just published my real name and created a new account-that's-not-an-account-because-you-can't-log-into-it.)

Anyway, I later decided to fix this by un-committing and then committing again using my existing account. But the problem is, because I committed as an "unregistered user" I didn't seem to have an account I could log in to in order to un-commit. So how can one either delete an "unregistered user" commitment, or associate it with an existing Stack Exchange account?

Update: This specific situation was resolved by one of the Chemistry.SE mods merging the two accounts. (I think I asked on their meta as well. This was a while ago now, and Chemistry.SE is now in beta.) However, the more general question about how an unregistered user can manage their account and commitments remains unresolved.

  • This is not a question about a proposal. It is off-topic for this site.
    – apaderno
    Dec 17, 2012 at 3:58
  • @kiamlaluno Chemistry.SE was a proposal at the time I committed to it.
    – N. Virgo
    Dec 17, 2012 at 3:59
  • I see. The question seemed about an existing site, not a proposal. The fact you say, "I committed to Chemistry stack exchange," confused me. :)
    – apaderno
    Dec 17, 2012 at 4:02

3 Answers 3


The way to resolve it is to ask to merge the unregistered account with the other account.
The only way I see to do this is to click on the contact us link visible on Area 51, and explain what happened.

On the other Stack Exchange sites, the "contact us" link doesn't send an email, but opens a page where you can ask about merging two accounts you have.


Area 51 is still using the old code. Probably they are waiting to change the "contact us" link after they changed the rest of the code as per the "Area 51 version 2" changes.

  • Many thanks. As you were answering, I was updating the question to explain that the situation was already resolved in the way you suggest. However, I do think the process of committing to a proposal could make it clearer that a new account will be created, and more visibly offer an option to sign in with an existing account first.
    – N. Virgo
    Dec 17, 2012 at 4:15
  • That is what the other Stack Exchange sites already have. Only on Area 51, the "contact us" link is for sending an email; in the other SE sites, the link takes you to a page where you can resolve many issues, including merging two accounts.
    – apaderno
    Dec 17, 2012 at 4:25

If you have an unregistered accound you will have to re register. If it will not allow this action using your email address then you have a registered account. Then you'll change your account username and password. If all this fails to resolve the issue, create a new email and register again. Hope this answers your question for you.

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    Do you know the difference between an unregistered account and a registered account?
    – GeneJ
    Oct 2, 2012 at 5:54

Well i think i can help u coz d same thing took place wid me.You simply hav 2 follow the steps like : 1.Try selecting from the options given on ur webpage lik "Try alternative loginif u already hav account on stack exchange,facebook,google,etc". "They wil b represented in some blocks and u just hav to select one of them. 2)just thats all,and ur account is regestered.later u hav 2 verify from ur alternative login account and u wil get points 50+ for that. Well and sory coz i too dont know d asnwer of how 2 delete ur user account coz i m also new here and the option for alternative login will be available 2 u on your main page.just beside the place where it is written that ur an unregestered user,there r two options,one for edit other of my login.so u choose my login there.

  • Bad English and bad formatting...
    – ADTC
    Sep 24, 2013 at 2:45

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