A repository housing —at the moment— 357 inks
Why would you log into inkcyclopedia?
Because after all: it's just an inks repository, what benefit does logging in carry? Well, a
number of things that might be useful. When you're logged in, you can:
1. mark inks as "I want this ink" or "I own this ink", with dedicated links for both, so you
can drop those links in online post, or tweets or facebook or IRC and other people can check
out your wishlist and owned inks list;
2. save your quick selections, so that you can link to them elsewhere on the web too, like for
showing palettes and "I think these would be cool" lists;
3. you can leave notes on things (at least, that'll be coming soon. I'm working on getting note-leaving
up and running in a way that makes sense not just from a user perspective but also from a
So: you don't *have* to log in to enjoy most of what the site has to offer, because everything
works fine without being logged in, but logging in gives you some personalised benefits. Kind of
the only thing a login system should be used for, really!
Okay so how does logging in work? How do I sign up?
Short answer? you don't. Just log in.
Long answer: Inkcyclopedia uses "Persona", a Mozilla-backed login system that uses your email
to verify that you're a real person. Rather than asking you to create an account on inkcyclopedia,
if persona says you're vouched for, inkcyclopedia will simply make you one, associated with
your email address. If you're on a major email provided it's quite likely it already supports
Persona's authentication system, so you don't need any new passwords or accounts or the like.
Why is that better than login with twitter/facebook/etc?
By using Persona, your email provider doesn't actually know *where* you're logging in to. All
it gets is a persona request to vouch for your email identity. Rather than, say, google knowing
you just logged into inkcyclopedia, with Persona all it knows is that you *maybe* logged in
to *somewhere*. I don't like tracking, and I won't use a login system that colludes with the
data aggregators. Persona keeps your login anonymous except to you, and the website you logged
in to. With the added bonus that you generally don't need to come up with a new username/password
because you already have those.