Hi. I'm interested in running a blog with open commenting, but
restricted to people who are willing to register and authenticate with
OpenID. I deem this fairly broadly available since Google et. al. are
making themselves available for openID.
But the user interaction is clumsy. Even though I've checked 'new
accounts can only be created with OpenID', the registration page
throws up a userid/password thingy. Really, what belongs there is:
(at least) a few paragraphs about OpenID and a couple of likely google
terms to help folks learn what their OpenID provider URI is.
(at best) a screen like
which takes all the silly searching out of the critical path. Of
course, that stackoverflow page may have some deep mojo underneath it.
But anyway, I figure I'm clued enough to implement the 'few
paragraphs' solution. But then I opened the login page. Eurgh. It
reminds me of why I railed against PHP Way Back When. But that battle
is well and truly lost.
So I'm hoping that the WordPress clued already understand that "Oh,
when you want to modify the registration page, you (say) edit a theme
like _thus_" or some other rational engineering solution that doesn't
mean I have to encompass PHP and WordPressSpeak to replace a two-field
web form with some static text.
Or maybe you can tell me that I just need to install plugin <thus> and
the featureset I'm talking about is available. That'd be keen too. :)
I'd _really_ rather not write the bugger.
- Allen S. Rout