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It's purpose is not clear and people looking to associate a new openid with their account can't find it. Perhaps it should be called "Associate another openid" or something like that.

Here is a user experience reported on HN:

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It is indeed rather unintuitive. – random Oct 11 '09 at 9:14
Good point from the linked site: I had conceptualized as my goal as edit my OpenID and was therefore seeking for it on the edit page, not the main profile page. – Arjan Oct 11 '09 at 12:51
up vote 6 down vote accepted

OK, I agree, this totally sucked, and I have nobody to blame but myself. I guess when I wrote that, I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

It now says add openid when you don't have an alt openid set, and change openid when you have both a primary and alt set.

There's also (theoretically) helpful title tooltip set on the links which elaborates a bit on the above.

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Magic markers work just as well. – random Oct 12 '09 at 8:00
the scented ones are really nice though. Just lock me in a room with the orange scented magic marker and an internet connection, and I'm good for a few days. – Jeff Atwood Oct 12 '09 at 8:14
That was fast... Thanks! Another related UI cleanup would be to shift (swap) to in front of the primary openid and adding a (remove) to the alternate id. But perhaps I should add that to a more relevant discussion. – kniwor Oct 12 '09 at 8:16

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