I just started using the API, and i noticed that the accountId looks a bit different between people.
For some people it looks like: 5d5bd05c3aeeabc123abc123
For other: 123456:4ac97bc8-ab12-ab12-8d38-eda562abc123
The second format looks newer, more modern:) It seems to have an identifier for our domain and uses an uuid.
Its about 50/50 (a bit more with the modern version).
Why are there 2 kinds? What decides this?
It doesnt seem to be as simple as "the newest users have the modern version".
AccountId is auto generated and it's random, so whenever a new user is created, i.e. never had an Atlassian account before. Atlassian systems will automatically generate the accountId. Now when that happens it can select the format from either pool.
Any that falls into either line gets chosen as the accountId and assigned to the user's email to be used across Atlassian Suite. I believe the reason behind it could most probably be due to "security" and how each alphanumeric string translate to that security. however this is just speculation.
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