a modest proposal

Go vote😉

I don’t care if you mark it down, as long as you give sensible reasons rather than ‘MATT IS TEH HAxXOR U R JUST JELOUS’. And yes, I’ve saved a copy just in case a technical glitch causes it to disappear.

(I stopped short of suggesting, in the interests of transparency, a link to Automattic. Might not fly too well with the FBFs.)

13 Comments »

  1. Not particularly inclined.

  2. I’ll file that under MATT IS TEH HAxXOR, then.

    Perfectly understandable, I imagine very few people with PR 8 would be willing to sacrifice it.

  3. adam said

    are you suddenly beta testing an unobtrusive openID consumer, or is that options being funny?

  4. options said

    yes, sorry for misleading pals.

    it just an obtrusive POC OpenId Consumer approach can be useful providing a true commenter’s identity sometimes.

  5. Andiz said

    Signed, I like the proposal🙂

  6. Matt said

    Hey that person above (OpenID Matt) is not me.

    If I leave a comment here I’ll always be signed in and have an avatar.

  7. OK, options, you got me. Well done. And thank you for the link. (There should probably be some mechanism for people to search trac before submitting an idea. Come to that, there should probably be some mechanism for searching the ideas forum before submitting an idea.)

    (And just to mess further with your heads, I’m not signed in, because I’m on the laptop and it would take too damn long. But if I leave a comment here, you will know it’s me from my proprietorial tone and excessive use of parentheses.)

  8. spencerp said

    Not like my vote counts for a shite anyway.😆 But, I voted and left my opinions and suggestions. ;):)

  9. If I leave a comment here I’ll always be signed in and have an avatar.

    Would be simple for someone to copy your avatar, point to Photo Matt, and masquerade in a way that a passer-by would regard as legitimate.

    Funny thing about the name of this imposter: it contains the solution to the problem!

  10. options said

    hello wank,

    bring my apologies once again; didn’t mean to *get* you or anyone else by this silly joke — thought it was clear enough. regretting for that comment since I saw yours in the .org Ideas forums (“was kind enough”😉. indeed, I mustn’t post this link at all, even by conventional means.

    hello mark,

    matt is correct: avatar in the comment’s header is a sort of identity proof on .com now — it takes to be logged in, hence other poster metadata (such as an URL) can’t be spoofed.

    OTOH, it works only for .com users (incluling mapped custom domains) and stuff members (who logged in via remotelogin.php); but identity of people from outside of .com domain who left comments here can’t be proved by that way as they don’t have avatars.

    that’s why you’re on to something pointing out that ‘OpenID’ ‘contains the solution to the problem’. as I said above it was intentional, although I frankly didn’t expect it to become a spoofed identity POC showcase.

  11. options said

    oh, I forgot to add on this:

    There should probably be some mechanism for people to search trac before submitting an idea. Come to that, there should probably be some mechanism for searching the ideas forum before submitting an idea.

    this is a good idea itself for the Ideas forum.

    and yes, as it’s a bbPress installation, it does have a search form; it’s just tricky find it [as usually]. I think someone who administer .org website may add a checkbox to “Search in Ideas” to use this facility if they will be asked and have a little time for it.

    (trac is searchable too of course, although it may return too many results if a query isn’t too specific.)

  12. Matt said

    “Come to that, there should probably be some mechanism for searching the ideas forum before submitting an idea.”

    There is a search box like 25px tall on the ideas home page, there has been since it launched.

  13. Move it to the top, and more people might use it😉 Whether or not people notice something on a page has much more to do with position and colour than its relative size.

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