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Personally, I’m leery of using other login credentials because of the metadata expansion for honest users. Every credential use lets that service know that their user has used their credential to authenticate at OOTBC.

After all, it is easy for a less-than-honest person to create a fake account on one of those services, then use it as a credential. So adding an external login authority actually adds little protection for the forum, and only a tiny bit of convenience for users.

Account creation should certainly require an email address with a validating message, with a captcha for bot resistance. That’s already present, and is pretty much what those other services use.

Browsers are good at managing login credentials, so there is not even much convenience benefit to using an external authority. The only benefit MAY be for non-browser use, if any such thing is supported by this forum.

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