Become an OpenID relying party for login (instead of needing new username and password)

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Please allow us to log in without any new password at this site; an OpenID lets us re-use an existing identity elsewhere.

Newsblur can become an OpenID relying party, just like GetSatisfaction is, so that we can re-use our existing identity at lots of different sites.
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Samuel Clay, Official Rep

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I'm sorry to say that NewsBlur won't be supporting OpenID anytime soon. See here for commentary: http://productblog.37signals.com/prod.... I remain unconvinced that it would reduce confusion and be beneficial in the long-term. Personally, I always forget which OpenID provider I used, and then I never feel like I'm part of the system. Better to stick with OAuth APIs and integrate Twitter/Facebook/anything else as a third-party add-on to your experience.
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Hi Samuel. Just wondering if, given recent events at Twitter and Google, you might want to re-consider this policy, once things calm down a bit.
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bignose

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I've read the article at 37signals. It doesn't give any information as to why OpenID, accepted for login at GetSatisfation (and thousands of other sites around the internet), is rejected for login at NewsBlur. Can you please give specific details that address that difference?
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The point of accepting OpenID is that then people aren't limited to the few huge-name organisations you accept. Many of us don't want to log in with a Facebook, Twitter, Google etc. account precisely because those organisations don't allow us proper control over our identity.

An OpenID, on the other hand, can be had from organisations much more friendly to their users, or can even be provided by the person individually if they choose. Please let us manage our identities with the standard for doing that: OpenID.
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As a person who prefers having a distinct login for each website, Thank you!
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But the single basket is newsblur.com. So if NB is down, well, not much good logging in will do.
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Kazriko Redclaw

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True, I wasn't actually referring to Newsblur in particular. That's a different issue (one of using the same username and password at multiple places because there's too many sites one needs usernames and passwords on, and the problems it causes such as the recent compromised accounts on PSN... and the much thornier problem of password storage for individuals if they don't reuse passwords.)

It's more the places that only have Twitter, or only have Facebook as their authentication schemes, or ones that only allow you to have a single identity linked to an account. This is in reference to the original article posted on the subject, and on the "using Yahoo because Google wasn't available, and forgetting about it when Google becomes available" issue. With Disqus, If you login with Google and it doesn't give you an account when you know you have one, you try Yahoo then add your Google account to your identity.
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doitninetimes

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And some of us want our identities on different sites to remain distinct entities and 'unconnected'. Not everyone wants every online ID they have tied into each other.
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Kazriko Redclaw

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That's certainly an option, and I'm perfectly fine with sites supporting that. I just think that the option should be there to do it the other way. Not really the highest priority issue though.
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Kazriko Redclaw

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(For example, this site. If I had to create an account to comment on this site, I probably wouldn't even bother giving feedback. Who needs a "getsatisfaction" account just for one site they use? Luckily it gave me the option to post using my Twitter account. For newsblur, it's a bit different. I use it enough that I'm ok with creating an account on it, but for the upcoming social features, I don't necessarily want people following my RSS feed to need a Newsblur account to reply to my shares. If they did, they'd probably not think it worth the effort to sign up.)
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bignose

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This suggestion can be fulfilled without taking any options away from people who prefer having a distinct login for each website.

Rather, it's to better serve people who *don't* want login credentials at each website. What good reason is there not to allow that?
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bignose

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This suggestion can be fulfilled without taking any options away from people who prefer having a distinct login for each website.

Rather, it's to better serve people who *don't* want login credentials at each website. What good reason is there not to allow that?
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Joshua Poehls

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Personally I'd prefer the dev time required to implement and support this feature be spent on other features that are actually central to the experience of the product. :)

Let this topic be revisted when there is nothing more interesting/useful to do.
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Single-Sign-On is bad. Just use KeePass to generate different and powerfull passwords for every service you wanna register.