[Osmf-talk] Anonymous notes on osm.org

Gervase Markham gerv at gerv.net
Tue Nov 13 07:33:49 UTC 2012

On 13/11/12 02:01, Kai Krueger wrote:
> notes. However, once you do that, is it really much easier than to
> create an account? Especially with the simplified sign-up process via
> third party authentication of e.g. "login with gmail"? It might however
> be a significantly higher psychological barrier though.

On possible way of splitting the difference is, as you suggest, to use a 
federated login system like Persona <https://persona.org/>. For an 
increasing number of users, this will lead to them not having to do the 
account-confirmation dance, and log in with two clicks. (And Persona is 
not tied to one company, as things like Google ID and Facebook ID are.) 
Persona also provides, in most cases, an email address for following-up. 
This deals, to some extent, with the barrier-to-entry issue.

> This also brings up a secondary question, assuming the decision is to
> support anonymous users. Should the system allow people to add an
> arbitrary name to their report / comment or should they just be listed
> as "by anonymous"?

If you do support anonymous use, I think it makes very good sense to 
give people a structured opportunity to identify themselves (and for 
clients to save that info and resubmit it on subsequent bugs).


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