Short, concise description of the idea
Being a little less pedantic and a little more lenient when it comes to choosing passwords.
Full description of the idea
I'm sorry if anything about this has been said before; I didn't see a subject in the memories that I thought listed something like this.
The fact is, it's gotten extremely difficult to make up a password on LJ these days. A password should be something that is personal to a user and that they will easily remember.
But when I try to make a password these days, the errors don't even make any sense. I'm sure it would be great if I could create something like "aDIOaaPP200010192" and actually _remember_ it the day after, but the fact is, I don't, and neither do many other people.
For one, the error about a password being too short. Okay, if my password is "a" I will give you that. Maybe I should change it. But even if it's something like "hr", let's be completely serious here--who is going to go through the entire 300-/+ combinations there are to actually figure out what the password is? And a 4 character limitation is absolutely obscene.
Secondly, what is with the "your new password is too much like the old one" error? ...Who cares? Maybe I want to shorten my password from say, 12 letters, to 6. That's my business, isn't it? Am I not allowed that convenience? In fact, that error is completely ridiculous when I recieve it, because the only thing that will match in the password is the first letter, and I still can't change it. So I have to change my password _twice_ to change it to the new one I really want.
Next, the "dictionary" password. If my password is something like, "atramentous" I want to honestly know how many people even KNOW that word let alone figure it out for my password. If I pick something like "the", okay, maybe I'm putting myself at risk. But other than that... I just am not seeing it. Especially since, I tried to put in the password "midori" before and got an error that it was a "dictionary word". Okay... maybe a _Japanese_ dictionary word... are we limiting every language now too?
The fact is, it's nice and all to try and protect people from having their journals broken into, but if someone has that much of a problem creating a unique password, that's kind of their own fault. But it's not fair to put up god knows how many rules--which don't even make _sense_--to protect people. Even sites like Yahoo, which must have millions of accounts, do not have that many rules. It's just frustrating, and it's insane that I have to write down my _own_ password to remember it. I guess that must be the way to keep people from having their passwords found out--they can't even remember their _own_ password.
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