Apparently "Beta 6" of the StackExchange software used for this website (SQLA) is now in effect, and one of the new features is called the "Bootstrap Mode" where reputation points aren't quite as necessary for new SQLA users... in other words, new users can actually get something done right away.
Bootstrap Mode makes a lot of sense for the SQLA community, and it will probably be left on permanently.
The full description of Bootstrap Mode appears below. I hope it's working as advertised, maybe a new user can tell me if that's the case.
Oh, and another (apparent) new feature: "Email/Password Authentication" in addition to that insanely-confusing-and-error-prone OpenID stuff. I've enabled Email/Password Authentication as well as Bootstrap Mode... someone please tell me if it makes a difference.
For more information about StackExchange Beta 6 see http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3793/whats-new-in-beta-6
StackExchange Beta 7 is "coming soon"... it's the version that is expected to have the "database export" facility, also known as "end-user backup"... without the ability for us (i.e., me) to back up the question-and-answer content stored in SQLA, this website ain't never gonna go "live".
Just so you know... Ma.gnolia.com this ain't <g>
Bootstrap Mode helps to shape the community before the site is released to its full audience.
Reputation requirements are relaxed in bootstrap mode. All users can:
You'll earn reputation normally, but you won't be hampered by it.
I'm currently using a OpenID for login, for once upon a time when SQLA was young that was the way to do it. If I'd like to change that to Email/Password Authentication, how would I do that?
answered 03 Feb '10, 10:50