In interface for OpenID login into the site, login option is buried in second tier services.

It would make sense for our stack if it was displayed more prominently as first tier option.

SE OpenID options

Why? is not even on topic here. Admins and devs don’t use it. </devilsadvocate> –  toscho Aug 22 '12 at 14:59
@toscho google, facebook and yahoo aren't on topic either :) is common account to have in WP community, even among developers for self-hosted - thanks to it being required for API key –  Rarst Aug 22 '12 at 15:27
Any dev who works with core uses somewhat heavily for the sites. I think making that integration more prominent makes far more sense than logging in with Yahoo ... –  EAMann Aug 22 '12 at 15:33
I just wanted to illustrate the lack of arguments in this request. :P –  toscho Aug 22 '12 at 15:49

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As @EAMann noted in the OP comments, pretty much all WordPress developers and community contributors have and use accounts, which are linked to the contributor sites.

Thus, making the OpenID provider link more prominent might encourage more such members to register/participate here at WPSE - and these are exactly the sort of users we want to encourage to participate. Anything we can do to facilitate such users to participate can only benefit the site.


Extending @Chip Bennett's answer, many WordPress users (and Stack Exchange users) would have a Gravatar account. Gravatar and accounts are essentially one and the same - you can't have one without the other.

Huh? I don't know if signing up for gives you gravatar account, but I am pretty sure you can sign up for gravatar and not have account. They are different services. –  Rarst Dec 30 '12 at 20:51
@Rarst According to this recent blog post, Gravatar accounts have always been accounts. They've just made this more promanent lately with the Connect buttons –  shea Apr 20 '13 at 2:40
it wasn't Automattic service originally so "always" is a stretch. :) Anyway now they are clearly smashed together. Painfully so - I couldn't get to my gravatar at all for some time after announcement. –  Rarst Apr 20 '13 at 9:00
@Rarst True enough :) Anyway, that was the state of things when I wrote this post; it just applies even more now –  shea Apr 20 '13 at 9:10

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