With any feature, it’s important to be mindful of whether an application would be better off with or without it. In the case of OpenID, we’ve decided that our efforts would be best spent elsewhere. We have big plans for Sifter, and a large part of that is simplifying so that we can improve faster and with fewer distractions. That means focusing on really improving the features that everyone loves about Sifter and focusing relentlessly on keeping it simple.

As we’re working on this change along side of other projects, we don’t have a definite date for when we’ll stop supporting OpenID, but we wanted to provide a heads up about the change. We won’t make the change before October 17th, 2011. Once it’s disabled, if you don’t remember your login information, you’ll be able to use the forgot password feature to generate a new password to login with your username or email address. For those of you who really appreciate the convenience of not having to remember another password, we recommend using 1password to make logging in convenient and remove any concern about remembering passwords.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. This wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s one that we believe is the right decision. We want to do everything possible to help make the transition as painless as possible.

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