During the last couple of days StackExchange often failed logging in with MyOpenid.

The "solution" was to remove the myopenid button.

Since MyOpenid is not really down, just a bit slow, the button should be added again with a higher timeout. And perhaps a hint that mysql is slow and patience is required.

Please move to meta.stackoverflow.com which only allows registered users to post.

  • "mysql is slow" - eh?
    – Mike B
    May 9, 2012 at 19:19
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    The MyOpenID option wasn't removed, it was just moved as they don't recommend it anymore. See unable to log in using myOpenID.com
    – animuson StaffMod
    May 9, 2012 at 19:22
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    "A bit slow" is a bit of an understatement here...
    – Shog9
    May 9, 2012 at 21:27

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As Geoff says here, support for MyOpenId has not been removed altogether, although they have been demoted from "recommended" or "featured" provider status due in large part to the problems that many of their users have experienced when trying to log into our site recently.

Now, instead of having a large button to click, you have to click a smaller one. It still has the MyOpenId logo, so it should still be easy to find, but it doesn't look quite as inviting.

We do highly recommend that you add an alternative OpenID provider (remember, an account can have multiple associated login methods), just in case something goes wrong with MyOpenId and you're unable to log in to the Stack Exchange network. The Stack Exchange OpenID provider, Google, or Facebook are all great choices. For help, see this entry in the FAQ.

And perhaps a hint that mysql is slow and patience is required.

I don't see why this is necessary. The "hint" is that we've demoted them from favored status. Anyone who continues to use MyOpenId is going to be aware of the potential problems, and therefore would find a pop-up hint each time annoying.

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