Obviously anyone can just put http://steamcommunity.com/openid into the generic OpenID field, but a nice button would be good to make it easier for PC gamers to sign in. Nice buttons are available here: http://steamcommunity.com/dev

(Just so no one thinks I'm trying to be sneaky, I should mention that I work at Valve and am the one that just added the Sign In Through Steam buttons to that page.)

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    OT: Please pass my thanks to anyone who was involved in making Portal :)
    – juan
    Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 1:24
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    Also, thanks for fixing Steam's OpenID, if it was you. (It didn't use to work until recently :))
    – badp
    Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 11:38
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    I see from your picture that you don't have a hat. I thought that was mandatory at Valve. Maybe you should ask Robin Walker to share.
    – Jeffrey
    Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 14:03
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    @Jeffrey Robin Walker will not share any hat and probably Joe will be fired for this question. :)
    – user59
    Commented Jul 22, 2010 at 14:22
  • I second @Juan. Also @Joe, do you think Valve would allow us to use a picture of GlaDOS for the captcha or the 404?
    – Zommuter
    Commented Jul 23, 2010 at 11:43
  • The buttons are out of style with the remainder of the page I'm afraid...
    – badp
    Commented Jul 28, 2010 at 10:01

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I think this would be a very good customization for this specific StackExchange, it would give it a nice Gaming Feelingtm.

I hope Jeff will consider it.


The last time we checked there were some serious problems with Steam's OpenID support:

Stack Overflow and Steam Community OpenIDs

edit: OK, I can confirm it works for me as well. This will go out in the next deployment (~8 hours or so from now)

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    Huh. It is working fine for me after the fix a few weeks ago. I'll follow up in the other post and figure out why some people are still having trouble.
    – Joe Ludwig
    Commented Jul 25, 2010 at 15:03
  • Jeff, I was able to log in successfully here (gaming.stackexchange.com/users/1674/id76561198022869135) /cc @Joe
    – juan
    Commented Jul 26, 2010 at 14:01

Good idea. I suppose if the other gaming networks also support OpenID (and I emphasize that I don't know if they do) then it would be good to support them this way too.


Now that per-site openid provider lists are implemented, I guess it's just a matter of flipping the switch! :)

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