The long term plan is that we will tie the systems together somewhat more. Obviously there are things to consider in both directions, and the platform (StackExchange) that this is running on is still in beta, so it's pretty early days.
Currently SSC itself doesn't tie into the OpenID system, so we'd have to look at that in the first instance.
We've rolled out the ability for SQL Server Central to be an OpenID provider. I want to really stress that this is very much a beta feature at the moment. It's a bit rough and ready, as we're primarily just trying to get the tech working. Once we've got that, we'll start trying to get it all a bit more slick. You should be able to try it out though, even if you've already got an account on Ask SQL Server. You can add a second, alternative, OpenID login to your account. If you've already got an SSC account, you should enter your OpenID in the form:
And it should all work fine. If you haven't got a SQL Server Central account, what are you waiting for? Get over there and sign up for one to try it out! It will give you the ability to access all the articles on the site for free, as well as participate in the discussions that take place in the forums.
Any feedback, most welcome. We'll give you a shout when we get SQL Server Central able to consume OpenIDs as well! For the time being, we recommend that you don't consider SQL Server Central to be your sole OpenID provider until we've managed to confirm that we've got it really nice and stable!
I hope so, but I'm not sure how we will do this. The "Ask" site is hosted, and uses a separate login system. We might try to read off "points" here and include them on SSC in some way.
For now, if you keep your user names the same, that will help us.
answered Oct 09, 2009 at 12:04 PM
Steve Jones - Editor ♦♦
Like Steve, I'm more in favor of leaving a once-off registration, and find a way of synching the user details and points between this and the main site. I like OpenID and Gravator, so it would be great if we can bring these to SSC.
answered Oct 11, 2009 at 06:58 PM