I am searching for new forum engine and have 2 questions
1) Is there any way to make JForum an open id provider? In other words, can my users use their forum creditionals on another openid-enabled resources?
2) Is there any easy way to write own 'authentication provider' plugin to this forum? For some users i need ability to login without registration on forum, just using special username\password, that my own authentication provider can check [originally posted on jforum.net by Andll]
First off, note that jForum 3 is still in Alpha... getting close to Beta... so these answers are based on the current 2.xproduction version but SHOULD be correct for jForum 3.. but to tell the truth, I haven't had the time to keep up with Raphael, et. al. on the 3.0 changes.
1) jForum's security model is tied to the forum needs. I don't think there are any plans to make this a general security model that websites, etc. can use. Of course, it's open source and if someone can make it work and donates the code then...
2) Yes, there is a fairly robust SSO and alternative authentication provider mechanism. Basically, you have to implement a couple of interfaces with your own classes. Note that SSO means that another application will be presenting the login screen, while authentication provider means jForum's login screen will check with a 3rd party source to authenticate the user.
Also note that in your case of tying several people into one id, all posts that these people make will come from that single id. May not be a problem but it can be confusing if folks don't add a name, etc. [originally posted on jforum.net by monroe]
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