I got an Area 51 account on Oct 22 last year, but since Feb 25 this year, I haven't been able to log in.

When I attempt to log in I see an error like:

Unable to log in with your OpenID provider:

An unexpected error occurred while logging in. It's not you, it's us. This is our fault. Detailed information about this error has automatically been recorded and we have been notified.

There is something wrong with my OpenID. However, if you take a look at my OpenID page, even though I have 12 failed attempts to validate Area 51, I was able to authenticate Data.SE just yesterday.

I followed the account recovery steps but that just leads me back to the original error message when I try to log on.

I can't find an Area 51 meta or anything to post onto, possibly because I don't have an Area 51 login, so I thought I'd ask here and see if anyone can point me to the right direction. How do I get a hold of someone who can fix my OpenID so that I can participate in Area 51?

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    $\begingroup$ This might be better for Meta Stack Exchange. Area 51 login has quite a few problems, by the way: meta.stackexchange.com/search?q=area+51+login. One of those may match yours. On a related note, there is an Area 51 discussion zone; I don't know if that will let you log on. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 19:32
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    $\begingroup$ @HDE226868 Scratch that, I actually can log in to discussion, as long as I go straight there, and don't try to go to the Area51 main site. If I enter the address area51.meta.stackexchange.com into a browser, I authenticate, but if I do area51.stackexchange.com I don't. So wierd! $\endgroup$
    – kingledion
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 19:44
  • $\begingroup$ That's absolutely bizarre. I wonder what the problem could be. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868 Mod
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 19:47

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If you're using the HTTPS Everywhere browser add-on, that might be your problem. Otherwise, someone else recently made a similar support request on MSE that got fixed, so I'd try there.

Area 51 has the "discussion" site, which is sort of like their per-site meta, but of course it's hard to post if you can't log in. Meta.SE is also an appropriate place to take questions about Area 51 itself.

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    $\begingroup$ I pinged the dev in your second link and got the problem fixed. Thanks! $\endgroup$
    – kingledion
    Commented Dec 8, 2017 at 21:04

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