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Hello David,

Le Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:40:40 +0300,
David Gessel <> a écrit :

I find it a little odd that is easier to find the founder's email
addresses (and email them and get a response) than it is to post a
question on the forums website.

First - it appears that you can only log in via federated login
mechanisms.  It would be an understatement to say that I find such
mechanisms problematic and will not use them.  I assume there is some
straight forward mechanism for creating an account on the forum that
I'm just missing.  I'm not generally remarkably incompetent when it
comes to navigating websites, but I could find no way to create an

Second - since I can't ask that question without logging in, I
attempted to use the site feedback mechanism to ask.  You use
reCaptcha, which is utterly useless.  These tests are always annoying
and when so stringent as to be unsolvable by normal human means, they
are frustrating and reflect badly on the project.  Not to mention it
is annoying that you feel it necessary to tell Google via the API
every time I want to use your site. I'm not interested in improving
Google's marketing profile of me and it isn't user-friendly to
covertly ship my data to Google without my permission.  In general,
all 3rd party APIs are privacy destroying and almost all of them are
offered as a service in exchange for the value of the marketing data
collected on users to the site on which they are run.  That is, it is
not out of the goodness of their hearts that Google offers these
APIs, it is to generate revenue.

I'd suggest that mitigating spam can be accomplished in a
privacy-preserving manner with a human test that runs locally.  There
are plenty of them and they are almost as easy to get running as
Google's, for example:


Actually posting on the forums really amounts to posting on a mailing
list. You use Nabble (what you see as a forum) but I answer on a
mailing list. You can subscribe directly to the mailing list without
any sort  of federated login. 

Anyway, answering your question about federated login, I don't think
you need things like that. See here:

Hope this helps,

Charles-H. Schulz 
Co-founder & Director, The Document Foundation,
Kurfürstendamm 188, 10707 Berlin
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