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https://serverfault.com/users/9517/iain

https://serverfault.com/users/71060/iain

Am I missing something? I certainly took a sharp intake of breath at a question posed by the newer Iain, then panicked that the old one had decided to leave SF and had his account deleted.

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Usernames are indeed not unique on Stack Exchange.

Login tokens (OpenID) are uniquely associated with an account, and accounts are unique (identified by the account number), but you can have multiple accounts with the same display name.

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  • Well, I live and learn.
    – MadHatter
    Aug 2 '13 at 18:57
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    changes name to voretaq7
    – Wesley
    Aug 2 '13 at 19:20
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I couldn't have said it better than this:

People have the same names in real life. Isn't StackOverflow real life?

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    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
    – EEAA
    Aug 2 '13 at 19:06
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    Caught in a landslide
    – user9517
    Aug 2 '13 at 19:12
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    No escape from the onslaught of questions that could've been answered with 60 seconds googling... sorry, wrong song?
    – MadHatter
    Aug 2 '13 at 19:19
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    Doesn't really matter to me.... Aug 2 '13 at 19:19
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    any way the users blow (up).
    – voretaq7
    Aug 2 '13 at 19:29
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    Because I'm easy come, easy go
    – Chris S
    Aug 4 '13 at 1:37

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