Weekly Update – January 23, 2019

Hello OP,

Not too many items to go over this week, but the few I do have are big ones – so please join me as I dive in (especially if you are authenticating to the site via the Google+ social sign in method).

Dying Google+ Authentication Notice

The shutdown of the Google+ social network draws ever closer, which means we need to start taking steps now to connect with any users who may be impacted here on Obsidian Portal by this action. As we know from the Google+ API Shutdown developers page, all of the Google+ APIs will be shut down on March 7th 2019. However, it’s important to note that they also mention this is going to be a progressive shutdown, and thus users will begin to see intermittent failures as early as January 28th, 2019.

This means that within the next week, it’s entirely possible that your authentication to Obsidian Portal via the Google+ social sign in option will begin experiencing difficulties (and obviously will cease functioning altogether in due time). If you are using this method to sign in, you are going to want to get ahead of the game now. You will need to do one of the following:

  1. Configure your account to authenticate via one of the other social sign in options: this can be done by editing your profile and then locating the “3rd Party Sign In” buttons.
  2. Perform a password reset so that you can authenticate via the “traditional” username and password combination: this can also be done via the edit profile interface (check out our Changing Your Password instructions).

If you have any further questions, or need any assistance regarding this issue, please drop a message to us at the [email protected] email address.

iPhone Login

We have received some tickets regarding difficulties logging into the site via iPhones. Based on these reports, it would seem that the social sign in buttons aren’t appearing, and that the link to log in via username and password isn’t working properly. Other “i” products are said to be connecting normally, so thus far this issue appears to be limited to just iPhones in particular. We hope to get to the bottom of this quickly, and appreciate your patience in the meantime.

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