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The open id style authentication systems employed across the exchange sites are a marvel of concise usability. Would it be rude to emulate them for my own group of sites? After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I don't suppose there's any technical descriptions of the workings available?

Clearly a meta-question but I'm new to meta. If this question belongs elsewhere, please say so.

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I knew there was someone out there who loved it! We've finally found you :) –  Michael Pryor Apr 22 '11 at 17:14
    
May I take that as a yes? ;-) –  noodl Apr 22 '11 at 17:27
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OpenID isn't really a Stack Exchange thing, but you can see their website for more details about how that works. (And yes, you can use it for your own sites).

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And just to be sure: the Global Network Auto-Login is not related to that, but is covered in the blog and in more detail here on MSO. –  Arjan Apr 22 '11 at 17:20
    
I understand that there are multiple open-id style protocols from various providers and that they're publicly accessible. My question regards the specifics of SE's endpoints and the site's authentication system as a whole. –  noodl Apr 22 '11 at 17:20
    
@noodl There is one OpenID protocol that the various providers have agreed to use... SE doesn't do anything different from other OpenID consumers. You can see their "Getting Started" page which shows you how to start using it. –  waiwai933 Apr 22 '11 at 17:32
    
Thanks @Arjan, if I could mark your comment as the answer I would. That's just what I was looking for. –  noodl Apr 22 '11 at 17:33
    
Well, @noodl, it's not what you asked for... So, waiwai933's answer is the one! –  Arjan Apr 22 '11 at 17:38
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