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Problem with settings the request encoding?

I setup Askbot and it was working fine for about a day, but then today I was having issues logging in. After checking the logs it was clear that for some reason the LoginForm wasn't getting the POST data. Some debugging showed that in askbot/deps/django_authopenid/views.py on line 271 in the signin function/view the problem:

request.encoding = 'UTF-8'

Simply commenting that line out seemed to fix the problem and I'm now able to login, but any clue why this was happening? Also, what's the benefit of setting the encoding here?

Problem with settings setting the request encoding?

I setup Askbot and it was working fine for about a day, but then today I was having issues logging in. After checking the logs it was clear that for some reason the LoginForm wasn't getting the POST data. Some debugging showed that in askbot/deps/django_authopenid/views.py on line 271 in the signin function/view the problem:

request.encoding = 'UTF-8'

Simply commenting that line out seemed to fix the problem and I'm now able to login, but any clue why this was happening? Also, what's the benefit of setting the encoding here?