have you considered asking for password confirmation on signup?

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gorgeous signup form, but no space for password confirmation. Probably a good idea in my book..

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I thought about it but I rejected the idea. Firstly because I want to keep the number of fields to a minimum. Secondly because I'm not convinced that those "confirm your... whatever" fields actually accomplish much (although I can see more value in a "confirm your password" field than a "confirm your email address" field).

I think the presence of the "forgotten your password?" link takes care of the contingency that someone incorrectly entered their password to begin with. They can click that link and request a reset link to be sent to their email address. But I believe that those people would be in the minority so rather than make everyone confirm their password to begin with, I think it's best to deal with the edge cases as they arise.

I think that these kind of sign-up details need to be handled on a site-by-site basis. I don't think there's a right or wrong way to do it for all sites—it depends on the audience. Given the tech-savvy nature of the main activity on Huffduffer (podcasting), I'm going to assume a reasonable level of tech-savviness on the part of the people signing up for it.

If I'm proven wrong and lots of people are entering their chosen passwords incorrectly in the sign-up form, I'll amend it accordingly. Time will tell.
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fair enough, thanks
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Frankie Roberto

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Good call. Password confirmation boxes can be just plain annoying, and if you can recover (or reset) passwords via e-mail, then it doesn't really add much security (unless you're stupid enough to mis-type your e-mail address AND password).
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I copy-paste my password into confirmation fields anyway...
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Just wondering if the password reminder thing is still working? I registered an account last week (http://huffduffer.com/psalms) and must have put a typo in the password (or else just forgotten it!) and have tried the request password thing several times since then but never received an email?