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Before I changed my LJ username, I wondered what this was going to do to the old OpenID presence based on it which I had on Dreamwidth. Nobody knew for sure, so in the end I decided to find out by just doing it and seeing what happened.

I can now report that the answer is that I have lost control of the old OpenID, and have been allocated a completely new profile by Dreamwidth. Even if I try to log in as "purple-pen.livejournal.com", the system interprets me as "strange-complex.livejournal.com". No-one else can get into it either, so it isn't a security risk. It is just an orphan identity which I can no longer access.

That's not particularly troublesome to me, because I didn't have a particularly highly developed Dreamwidth presence anyway. I had used the old OpenID for occasional commenting, a handful of DW users had granted it full access to their journals, and one person had used it to subscribe to my LJ from her DW reading page. I've effectively lost all those connections now, but since there weren't that many of them, I will live.

But obviously for people with a more highly-developed OpenID-based Dreamwidth presence, losing it all because they had changed their LJ name could be a major pain in the ass. So I'm writing this post about it partly so that it can be used as a reference-point for anyone in the future wanting to know what will happen to their OpenID if they rename their livejournal.

I'm also writing this because I am going to need to ask anyone who wants me to be able to see and comment on their friendslocked DW content, or anyone who wants to read my LJ from DW, to re-grant me access to your DW journal or re-subscribe to me as appropriate.

In practice, I think the only DW journals I've ever actually commented on are miss_s_b's and matgb's - and I see that miss_s_b has already updated her access / subscription links, so thank you sweetie! But for the record, these are the other DW users who had previously granted me access to their journals:
  • ashavah
  • dadi
  • gylfinir
  • katsmeat
  • lefaym
  • matgb
  • mia_oia
  • moominlou
  • mother_bones
  • nmg
  • nwhyte
  • swisstone
If those people, or indeed anyone else, want me to have OpenID access to their DW journals, could you please update your permissions? Thanks! :-)

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nmg
Sep. 25th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Fixed!

(the DW journal is just a copy of my LJ journal; I've a permanent account here and have no immediate plans to migrate to DW)
strange_complex
Sep. 25th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Cheers. Yes, sounds like it's only really a formality in your case - as I think is also the case for several of the others I've listed. It only really matters if people are posting flocked comment on DW which can only be commented on there. But I just wanted to be sure people knew about the change.
gylfinir
Sep. 25th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'll sort this in the morning when I'm on my laptop :)
strange_complex
Sep. 26th, 2010 08:28 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks. It's only really important if people are posting flocked things on DW which I can't comment on here, which I'm not aware that you are. But I assume that anyone who previously granted me access to their DW posts had some reason for doing so, so I wanted to let those people know how the name-change had affected that.
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