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AB Editor | 16:33 Fri 06th May 2011 | Editor's Blog
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UPDATE: We found a couple of bugs when we rolled out the update last night. We've "rolled back" the new features for the moment. Thanks for your patience.



We've got some exciting news: The AnswerBank will soon (Monday 9th May) be allowing users to log in and validate with Facebook.

This should make accessing the site easier for a great number of users. We're always trying to make it easier for users to access the site, and this is one small step towards making the site more accessible to everyone.

We're aware there are bound to be questions about the service, so we've prepared an FAQ & Staying Safe Guide which may answer a few questions.

http://www.theanswerb...d-staying-safe-guide/

This is also the feedback thread where you can ask questions and generally discuss this new feature.

Remember, this service is entirely optional, no data from Facebook is stored and there is no indication that you have logged into The AnswerBank or Facebook publicly on either site.

The AnswerBank will see a series of small and gradual changes like this one over the coming months, we hope you'll join us in in welcoming these improvements!..

All the best,

AB Editor

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1. One click instead of 2, or three. (if you're already logged in)

2. You can validate your account if you're a new user, with Facebook.

3. Forgetting a password (which does happen to some people, if not you) isn't the end of the world as you can log in without it as long as you're logged into FB.
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Also, not thick - I just wasn't very clear on the "how"!

Just to add a little more: it only works if you're using the same email address for AB & FB. How to change your email on either can be found here: http://www.theanswerb...guide/#whycantisignin
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I have never had a Facebook A/C so these changes will not affect me Ed !
I will just plod along as before :-))
Facebook?? Big Brother is watching you. I really don't see the benifit of being saved 2 clicks.
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I think a lot of people are coming to expect it from a lot of site these day Pixi-

Oh, also, I've had a play with an "add this" button here: http://www.theanswerb...d-staying-safe-guide/ Does it work for everyone?
i can see how some users will find it useful, but I HATE facebook and the fact that the world and his bleedin' wife are on there.
I like the fact that none of my real-live friends don't know about answerbank.
I suppose if there's a link it will get even more popular.
As I say good for AB but not for me :(
And my facebook isn't linked to the same email address as answerbank, so It doesn't work for me.
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"Big Brother is watching you"

No he's not.

To quote from the OP:

"Remember, this service is entirely optional, no data from Facebook is stored and there is no indication that you have logged into The AnswerBank or Facebook publicly on either site."
whats facebook? is an image thing? picture or something?
So if i log into facebook am i automatically logged into ab?
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"I suppose if there's a link it will get even more popular."

With 1/2 billion users I don't know if we'll have much effect on FB's popularity.

Many people won't like it, but for them, they can just ignore it. There is no obligation at all.
PIXI - Sorry wasn't being criticle :-)
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"So if i log into facebook am i automatically logged into ab?"

No.

But if you're not logged into AB and you wanted to, you could just click the "connect with facebook" button on the sign in page and you'd be "in"
Oh right :)
Thanks x
so you can still separate the two ED?
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"so you can still separate the two ED?"

Yes, although, technically they're not "joined" in any way. Think of it as a passport for getting into AB without hassle.
So anyone logging into FB (where the world and his wife know who you are) and then coming onto AB, will still retain their anonymity on AB?

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