Initially, we implemented the feed section of the web app as a way to prevent being excluded from social media platforms. The feeds have turned into the most popular section of the application. Some of the activity is script generated. Responding to the same script querying the same info is wasteful. The login prevents vicarious scripters from slowing down our machine.
Can I trust you with my login info?
You don't have to-the login mechanism does not reside with us. We use a scheme called OAuth2 (google it!). When you sign in, we forward your login activity to the platform on which you have an account (Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook). When you successfully authenticate on their system they send you back to us. We keep only your email, name and time of login. We have no password information in hashed or raw form. We also have no opinion on whether any of these platforms are secure.
I am a legit scripter!
We have built a Basic/Digest Authentication (google it!) scheme to allow your script to run. You will have to register. We do want to know what you are doing with the info and who you are.
Can I just get a userid and password to your site?
The canned answer is no. We do not want the responsibility of dealing with data breaches. We do not want the increased cost of building password retrieval processes and so forth. If you have a favorite social media platform and we don't currently support it, please let us know. We cannot promise we will add it, but if there is enough interest we will consider it.
I do not want to register or use social media logins, am I out of luck?
No. You can still use the highlights page if you want to look at the info.
We are under no obligation to maintain the public feeds. We specifically reserve the right to terminate any or all of them (as we do the whole web app). We also specfically reserve the right to exclude any user or users from any resource on the website. We also make no explicit nor implied promises on the data, login procedures nor the fitness for purpose of any of the social media platforms we authenticate against.