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Creating an additional "user"


That may seem a pointless question, but life has taught me to be careful and to ask before any "somewhat unusual" steps. Also, despite it could be a Codidact question, I think it is also dependent on the particular EE community feelings.

I am currently using this site under the pseudonym "Coquelicot". Indeed, I prefer anonymity for posting questions and answers, where it is relatively current to be involved in disputes.

On the other hand, regarding the "papers" category, I would like to post under my real name.

Is there a problem with creating another user for that (that is, I will be the owner of two users)?

Why should this post be closed?


I am always surprised I get downvotes for such questions: someone disagrees with this question ??????????????? someone hate me ??????????????? coquelicot‭ 12 days ago

If you think the answer is "No!" then post such an answer. But even if you think the answer should be "No!", the question is great. In fact, everyone should appreciate the question because it shows OP is actually concerned about the issue. If OP wasn't concerned about following rules/expectations, they would just create the other user and hope nobody ever found out. manassehkatz‭ 11 days ago

Don’t take down vote personally, it means some jerk thinks you made a bad assumption or statement. If they give no feedback or value added comment , ignore those trolls who have communication issues. You seem competent enough to make intelligent questions, but watch out for unstated assumptions. TonyStewart‭ 9 days ago

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There should be no problem in principle with a single person having multiple user accounts.

The comment discussion in one of the answers to the feature request Signing in should sign you in on all sites on Codidact Meta very strongly suggests that even the Codidact administrators consider multiple accounts for one person to be acceptable:

You'd always be able to log out and log back in as a different account, even if the cookie is cross-network. I thought you could on SE as well, but it's been a while since I tried. — ArtOfCode‭ 5 months ago

However, you should take care to not use multiple accounts to do things that you couldn't do with a single account. For example, you need to be careful to not use one of your accounts to vote for content posted using the other account, or give the impression of greater community support than is warranted.

Also, the third bullet point in section 1 of the terms of service would apply.

  • If you sign up for an account and it is terminated due to your misconduct or contravention of these Terms, you may no longer use the Service.

This implies that if any of your accounts is terminated due to misconduct or contravention of the TOS, the termination effectively applies to your using any account that you have access to. The prohibition is against you using the service (Codidact), not the account being used to use the service.

You will, of course, need to use different e-mail addresses to sign up for each account, since the account is identified by the associated e-mail address.



Personally I'd rather have everyone use their real name and affiliation. That basically puts their reputation out there on anything they say. If you really believe in something, have the guts to say so. If you don't, then I don't want to hear it.

However, that's not the policy of the site. I wouldn't have a problem with someone having multiple accounts as long as they are never used to vote on each other's posts. This would have to be enforced by the software, so the multiple accounts need to be known deep down in some database along with other private personal information.

I don't know whether Codidact has such a feature. If it does, then go ahead and create a second account. If not, then this would be a good discussion for Codidact meta.

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While I am (obviosuly) a "real name" type of person, there are definitely situations where using a pseudonym makes sense. That is clearly the case with sensitive issues on (to use SE sites as examples) Interpersonal Skills, The Workplace and Academia, where if your family, employer or professor discovered you asking questions you could have some serious problems. It can, in more limited ways, be an issue in technical sites (like this one) if your employment is of a sensitive nature. manassehkatz‭ 11 days ago

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