If you have an A.V. Club account but haven’t merged it yet, you should be aware that it will send you back to the greys everywhere else (including on ODeck). There’s a way around this, but it wasn’t really explained on their original page. Here’s what I did:

  1. Open a private/incognito tab and go to the Kinja Claim page.
  2. Click the button, then sign into Disqus.
  3. Name your new account whatever, it doesn’t matter.
  4. Link it with a different type of social media account than the one you use for your Kinja account.
  5. Go back to your main Kinja account’s settings page.
  6. Link your main account with the same social media account you used for the new one, and tell it you want to merge.
  7. This will import your A.V. Club post history while keeping your current Kinja name/blog.
  8. You’ll still be grey on the A.V. Club, but it’s a lot easier to find a moderator there to follow you than to recover all of your other sites. A lot of people are having difficulties.

I think you should be able to unlink that second social media account afterwards, but I’m not positive.