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(Well, or for anyone who knows anything about how OpenID works, really.)

As mentioned in my last entry, I am planning to rename my LJ. However, I am very unsure as to what effect this will have on the OpenID that is based on my current LJ name, and particularly the Dreamwidth presence I have which allows me to comment on some of your journals.

For the record, I plan to use the 'forwarding' version of the LJ rename service, so my old LJ username shouldn't be vulnerable to getting bought up by someone else who can then take over my old OpenID. But other than that, I really don't know what effect the rename will have. So far as I'm concerned it could be anything between my previous OpenID completely disappearing at one end, and the system being so clever that it recognises my rename and updates the OpenID too at the other (though I really doubt that the latter will happen).

If any Dreamwidth-enabled people actually know what will happen, and are able to comment on it, I'd be really grateful. I haven't been able to find out anything via Google that would help me to predict what it will be, so it may just end up being a great big leap into the unknown. At worst, I can always just abandon the old OpenID and set up a new one linked to my new LJ name. But if that's how it ends up being, here at least is a heads-up letting you know to look out for me under the new name.

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matgb
Sep. 24th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Right, don't, actually, know what will happen. It's going to be interesting finding out.

PRetty sure that if you login at DW using the old ID, that'll work as LJ'll redirect it. If you login using the new ID, it may know you're the same person, or it may create a new ID for you.

Either way, it's something worth finding out and documenting. I guess, when you've bought the token, try logging in there under old, then new, URL, see what happens, I'm pretty sure they can merge the accounts together in some way, but it'd be good if it works properly, so depending on what does happen, I'll file a bug to fix it the way it should happen, or ideally would work, depending...
strange_complex
Sep. 24th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, thanks for commenting. I feel pretty safe in saying that if you don't know what will happen, no-one will! I will indeed let you know what happens for future reference. :-)
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