[Systems] OpenID authority service was: Re: wiki account creation, Talk page spam

Frederick Grose fgrose at sugarlabs.org
Fri Jul 16 17:05:34 EDT 2010

On Thu, Jul 15, 2010 at 8:39 PM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org>wrote:

> El Wed, 14-07-2010 a las 10:54 -0400, Frederick Grose escribió:
> >
> > {...}
>, and we can just leave

> OpenID as the new account authority provider for the time being to
> > experience its advantages and disadvantages.  So far, it seems
> > effective with one serious attack vector.
> I worry that by requiring OpenID we'd raise too high the barrier for new
> editors who are not very technical.

While keeping thresholds low is good, it seems to me that the MediaWiki
editing threshold is much higher than the OpenID barrier.

(Although progress is being made with the MediaWiki
 See the new editing tools coming here,


The OpenID process seems quite suitable for our editors, as easy as AOL,
Yahoo, or Google, see


> How about adding a captcha extension for new users?

Outsourcing the authentication service seems to me to be both more secure
and more productive for our current set of learners and contributors, thus,
a good option.

Of course, when or if we start to host in the wiki things like Learner blogs
or projects, Moodle courses, or Etoys, Scratch, Turtle Art, or other
Activity objects, then we should reconsider the state of things.

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