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CVAlkan wrote
I've tried using AskLO several times and have never figured out how to set
up an account, ...

... all I see are ways to sign in using Google or Facebook and so forth,
and I don't have any of those accounts

This thread has become hijacked by several comments about requiring a
Facebook or Twitter or social media account to use the AskLO site. I am
responding to this comment simply because it is the first, but am not
wanting to single anyone out. Hopefully I can provide some useful
information. There are threads on AskLO about various aspects of this very

To be clear, what is required to sign in to AskLO is an OpenID verified
domain. This can be any such verified site, including a personal site if
anyone cares to setup OpenID verification for themselves (I have not tested
this, and comment in one of the listed threads that if this does not work a
bug needs to be raised). The point here is that if anyone wants to take
control of their own verification, they are free to do so. There are a *lot*
of OpenID providers. Click the OpenID badge and enter the URL of a provider.

All the major social media service providers use this type of verification
and this is expected. LO as a project will naturally attempt to make use of
such types of media (e.g., by tweeting and facebooking) as that is where a
lot of people are these days. It is however unlikely that email will
completely die, but it now has competing channels it never had in years
past. The web is diversifying and fragmenting as it grows and this too is
completely natural.

The hope is that LO itself will become an OpenID provider so that a single
LO account will allow sign-in to all the OpenID-supported services that LO
makes use of (nabble, gerrit, AskBot, wiki, etc.) and will enhance those
that do not currently support OpenID to do so e.g., bugzilla. LO is a big
project with a lot of different services and sites so this make sense IMO.

There is also the alternate forum (
that has a local registration. Disclosure: I am a moderator there.
Best wishes, Owen.

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