Last modified: 2011-03-13 18:06:04 UTC
When e-mail address is entered, it could happen, that a typo occurs.
Several other software scripts (e.g. forum software) requires that new users
enter not only the password twice, but also the e-mail address.
MediaWiki now has e-mail address authentication, where a token is sent. Some
have argued, that having one input field is not secure enough and request to have
***two fields for the e-mail address, a first field and a second verification
Sorry for this comment, but practice shows to me, that I will allways use
copy-paste to fill in this nasty things twice. I thing that this is not a good
error preventing feature...
This bug is a very bad idea and roots in a misunderstanding.
The only reason why there are have 2 password entry fields everywhere (during
registration, not login) is that passwords fields are starred-out, you cannot
see the password you type. Also, it would be fatal to have a typo, because you
would never be able to access your account and you can't try again.
Both of that is not true for the email address. You can see it and easily check
it visually. If you don't, your own fault. Still, even then there's not a
problem: You can try again with the proper email address, and the confirmation
mail to the bad address probably bounces and does no harm anyways.