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google openid requiring signup every time

Google openid seems to have an issue in which it's unable to recognize the same user after logging out, prompting for a new sign-up with new screen name.

Anybody ran into this issue?


resopollution's avatar
updated 2010-06-09 16:19:26 -0500, asked 2010-06-09 16:08:38 -0500
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Hi there, had this happened with you just once or it is a repeatable every time you try to log in?

I've seen this happen to my account - just today. Turns out if you change password with google your openid changes as well, hence the prompt to create a new account.

Maybe there are other situations when google changes user's openid, if anyone knows more details - please share them.

There is no account recovery feature in askbot yet, but this is high on the list of priorities together with the proper account merge feature.

So for now please ask the user to register again, sorry for the inconvenience.

Evgeny's avatar
updated 2010-06-09 17:12:13 -0500, answered 2010-06-09 17:03:23 -0500
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Thanks, this is not always repeatable. For example, you can keep logging in with your google id, and choose not to sign up, and all of a sudden when you refresh the homepage or come back to it later, you are magically logged in.
resopollution's avatar resopollution (2010-06-09 18:03:38 -0500) edit
Also, just wondering if it would make sense to implement a feature to allow regular registration (not linked to openID)?
resopollution's avatar resopollution (2010-06-22 01:22:33 -0500) edit
Yes, this is a plan - I'll start working on this after some site speedup optimizations. I'd like to build a general django application that would allow signin with multiple methods to the same account and to multiple sites (single sign-on). However speed and real scalability are focus areas now.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-06-22 13:43:51 -0500) edit
got it, I agree with the prioritization, looking forward to the updates :)
resopollution's avatar resopollution (2010-06-24 14:59:06 -0500) edit
@resopollution, the current plans are: speedier templates (Jinja), moderation tools, local space skins, developer documentation (using sphinx), more unit tests, better login system, API's (like in SE and Yahoo Answers). Maybe @Pekka and @raspi will take a look at this too. Will soon set up roadmap.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2010-06-24 20:56:14 -0500) edit
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