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A question about BleedYellow and Connections
Wed 29 Jul 2009, 07:18 AMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
Copyright © 2009 Genii Software Ltd.
What has been said:
836.1. Ben Poole (29/07/2009 12:45)
Agreed. And once you're in there, there's no way to remove your profile data / close your account (a known limitation of Connections).
FWIW, I always used to log in to BY and other connections sites with the relevant email address as the username, I ignore that name guidance you mention in point 6.
836.2. Henning Heinz (29.07.2009 12:59)
I consider Lotus Connections Intranet software. If you put it on the "real" web you might miss a few things. Some applications that shine in a LAN can really suck on the web. The result is a product showcase that in some ways do not work. Of course YMMV and as Connections seem to be very successful it works for many others.
836.3. Stuart McIntyre (07/29/2009 01:02 PM)
All good points, Ben.
I always use the email address to log into BY, so would try that with your usual passwords and see whether you can get in. If not, Sametime Chris Whisonant and I'm sure he'll reset your details for you.
Regarding whether these are Connections or BY issues - I'd say a mixture of the two. As it stands, Connections is primarily intended to be used against a corporate LDAP directory, so most registrations/password resets etc will likely be done by a Domino/AD admin, rather than by the user. All the screens in Connections can be customised, so the login pages could be changed to provide links to these operations, if the L911 folks so wished. So you could say its a BY limitation.
However, like many others, I'd love LC to be more SMB friendly with more essential features provided out of the box, so ideas like those you suggest should be included in later versions. Others disagree (mostly in larger corporates where they're happy customising the product to suit their policies and procedures), so no idea whether it'll happen or not...
836.4. Ben Langhinrichs (07/29/2009 01:08 PM)
@Henning - Ah, that makes sense. I hadn't thought about it being mostly focused on an intranet, where you would have other mechanisms for requesting assistance (e.g., a Help desk)
@Stuart - Thanks for the information. I'll check in with Chris.
836.5. Mac Guidera (07/29/2009 02:20 PM)
I would like to point out that BleedYellow is using a custom registration application. Lotus Connections is enterprise software that tightly integrates with existing user directories. It does not have it's own self registration process as it generally relies on ldap entries for membership and authentication. Any issues in regards to that setup are unique to that environment.
Regarding what got you to this, we currently do not support anonymous blog comments. This is typically only an issue on external facing sites. We are looking into ways to address this. Please have a look at the Lotus Greenhouse implementation to see the 2.5 beta and how they manage their registration.
836.6. Ben Langhinrichs (07/29/2009 04:10 PM)
Having finally found the main page, I used the Forgot your password? link, which was quick and easy to use. I got an email right away with a new password. Unfortunately, the new password doesn't work either, but I suspect it is my fault for having tried that re-registration with the same email address. I'll contact Chris offline to see if I can undo the mess I've undoubtedly made of the registration.