Friday, February 15, 2013

Forum sign-in system update

We've been experiencing sign-in issues on our forum during the last few weeks. It affected those who tried to sign in with Google account (which amounts to majority of forum users). At the moment of writing this issues should be resolved and Google accounts should work fine.

This came at some expenses:

  1. We discarded the usage of login service and now do communication with account providers on our own. So we support less providers (actually just three for now: Google, Twitter and Facebook). 
  2. Some of the users who filled their profiles (e.g. specified email addresses to receive updates from forum) may find that their settings are gone. Please send us email in this case. No data was lost, we just can't always create a mapping between user ID which came to us from Loginza and user ID which we get from account providers directly. 

On the pros side, we identify our site to Google as GanttProject, not as a strange third party service, and we fully control the authentication flow and UI (no more links to sites in Russian, yay!)

We plan to add other authentication options, such as email+password and OpenID, in the near future.

Thanks for being patient during this long partial outage!