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I know I for one complained about the underlying assumptions of SSO as formerly implemented, I was taking these changes as a move in the right direction, and perhaps a tightening of security.
As an example, I would want to use different logins for these fora than for MOS. MOS communications need to go to a company distribution list, my forum watches don't. I haven't tried contemporaneous logins yet, although while composing this I logged out of MOS and was still able to post.
Had a similar problem with e-mail addresses. My OTN addy (private mail) has been registered since '99 and I do all my postings why it. Access to (then) Metalink required office address and signed me out of OTN - so I asked that my private addy be added to the company CSI for access and the CSI admin guy was quite okay with that.
But when that is not an option - yes, a separate logons for support and OTN makes sense.
Are new OTN features and changes officially listed anywhere? Maybe my fault for asking a question that has been explained already by the OTN folk with an official notice.
Since this goes beyond MOS and OTN, they probably should post it everywhere. I don't see anything about it on MOS either. I guess it's easier to just slipstream changes and let people be confused as to whether hackers are everywhere. There was even a usenet post asking about it. One has to wonder when site behavior changes more than once over a weekend.