So, full disclosure: I'm a former net engineer and sys admin so this may not be something other people care much about, but I've been curious as to why there isn't any encrypted means of logging into permies.com.
I'm going to guess that the cost of the SSL cert is likely the reason but still would like to know: has it been considered? Is it possible we will see it in the future?
While I use a different password for my permies.com account than my other accounts (like Gmail), and I don't keep much personal information about myself on this site, it is just reassuring to know my login is secure and might even encourage people to share more.
A SSL/TLS connection would minimize the risk that the password travel too far around.
I once cared about this, but it is/was required a lot of work and always caused problems.
And certain institutions can break the connection anyway…
However I would also like to see encrypted login or full encryption.
paul wheaton wrote:We are currently transitioning to https for all pages. Implementation might be complete in a month or so.
We will also be eliminating the www.
And here I was thinking I'd see a response listing a variety of (likely very legitimate) reasons you chose not to.
As already pointed out, if the big guv really wants access to your info, it's probably not possible to stop them; then again, most departments of making you sad are local and have much more limited budgets.