Full Article Attached New MozillaZine Member Area

Saturday January 2nd, 1999

UPDATE BELOW! (1/3/98)

MozillaZine now has a member area, and a number of other new features!

Membership in mozillaZine is free, and confidential. Your information is displayed only if you specifically want it displayed.

To read more about the membership, and what it offers you, click "Full Article" below.

To sign up, just click "members" on the navbar at right. All that we require is a valid email address to confirm the account. Please note that if you enter a bogus email address, or an email address that you don't have access to, you will not be able to validate your account.

If you find any bugs, please submit them here: Don't post them in the forum, please!

UPDATE!If you created a bio page, and were wondering why it didn't show up, it was because a slight change I made to the template was not uploaded properly. To fix the problem, go to the members area, edit your bio page, and just click the "Alter Account" button. Your page should generate properly. Sorry!

Also, we've created a new option in the members area for people who don't believe they've received a validation message. (We've gotten no bug reports about this, but with the flaky weather the past few days, it's better to be safe than sorry.) Just enter your login and password, and a new validation message will be sent to your email address. This feature won't work if you're already validated.

#17 Re:New MozillaZine Member Area

by mozineAdmin

Monday January 4th, 1999 7:15 PM

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I have to respectfully disagree with you on the point about security. I make no money from this site, and can't afford any possible legal consequences of utilizing cookies. It may seem paranoid, but there you have it.

I also have to disagree on the usability vs. security issue. When you look at it as usability vs. liability, it becomes a different matter. I believe the benefits of using the login/password for responses outweigh the extra few seconds required to enter the password.

If you are not a member, a name still needs to be typed into the response form in order for the response to appear. Adding a password field doesn't take too much extra time, and it also gives you the added benefit of preventing spoofs inside the forums.

The creating and maintaining of a website usually comes down to a series of tradeoffs between what's good for the user and what's good for the maintainer of the website. We've attempted to provide useful tools for our viewers. The tools are there for them to utilize as they wish. The login/password combo isn't necessary for responding in the talkback forums, and our viewers can use whatever method they feel most comfortable with.

I seem to recall that an addition to the UI of Mozilla was planned that will allow the contents of a form field to be saved for repeat use at a later time... This can obviate the need for cookies entirely, and allow the user to decide what information is stored, and when it is displayed.

I believe that the usability issue that you raised is one best dealt with by the browser interface, not by the site maintainer: a UI solution shields the maintainer from liability and protects an unsuspecting viewer from getting burned by a "cookie thief" who steals their identity.