Rant: To post the above comment, I had to sign in using TypePad. I don’t have a TypePad account, so I tried to register one. Clicking past the commercial accounts that they desperately want to sell you, I got to the free-account registration page. To sign up for that you need a Facebook account. I don’t have a Facebook account, and never will. Another option is OpenID, but I don’t have an OpenID account and the last time I tried to navigate through that kafkaesque nightmare it took me two hours. OK, so I’ll try Wordpress, where I maintain a throwaway account for sites that make me jump through these third-party sign-on hoops. Oh, that’s been suspended without explanation, and the procedure for getting it reset is opaque to say the least. OK, I’ll sign up for a new Wordpress account. Except that I can’t because my email address is already associated with my previous suspended account. OK, so I’ll add a “+blah” modifier to my email address and try signing up again. Except that the mail system here doesn’t know about that and bounces the confirmation email. So I’ll sign up for a throwaway Gmail account and use that to get the conf.email for Wordpress, because I know Gmail handles the “+whatever” correctly. Using my new Gmail account I can sign up for the Wordpress account that I need to post a comment to Coding Horror. When I try that, I get a terse one-line error message “You do not own that identity”.
YOU’VE GOT TO BE SHITTING ME!
I’m now about half an hour into trying to post a message to Coding Horror, and the “Horror” part of the name is really starting to sink in. What else can I try here? How about Livejournal? Finally, after more dicking around with email confirmation and captchas and whatnot, I can post a comment.
Jeff, ever considered doing a post about the utter, total braindamage and suckage of proxied authentication systems? There’s no way that any non-geek user could (or would have the OCD) to get past something like this.