To the uninitiated, the name “Discogs” doesn’t always evoke detailed discographies, infinite crates of records, and spinning turntables. Upon hearing Discogs, some get caught up in another visual association. “Like … cogs?”
In the words of Whitney, it’s not right, but it’s OK. While the name does have firm roots in the word discography, an elaborate series of cogs is a pretty fitting analogy when you imagine the unseen mechanics of the site,
It’s easy to forget that, under the hood of this magnificent beast, there are many complex moving parts that need to work in harmony to facilitate the brilliant symphony: Release data! Personal Collections! Inventory! Carts! All those pieces need to fit into each other perfectly, turning simultaneously to get you seamlessly from the Explore page to one of the 13 million-plus release pages, to your Wantlist. And back again.
The log-in page, or what’s sometimes referred to as the authentication process, is one of the most important cogs that you probably don’t think twice about. However, it is integral to enabling your interaction with Discogs and to keeping the site running. This log-in page was in need of some repairs to ensure it would carry the site through the coming years. While it was functional, it was difficult to maintain, and, in keeping with the cog metaphor, it didn’t lock in smoothly with some of the periphery services relying on it (logging into Discogs iOS and Android apps, VinylHub, Discogs Shipping Labels, or other properties outside of the main site).
The log-in page was recently updated. Now, when you log into Discogs:
- You’ll go through accounts.discogs.com, where you can also manage your privacy and security settings.
- If you choose not to log out of Discogs on your personal computer or device, you’ll stay logged in for the next six months. (Previously, you’d have to log in again after two weeks.)
- You can now connect with your Apple ID to enable single sign-on (SSO) with Discogs. (Users could already connect their Facebook and Google accounts.)
If any of these changes went unnoticed, that’s OK, it doesn’t affect much in terms of how you log into Discogs, access your account, or use the site. The most significant focus of this upgrade was on reinforcing the durability of the authentication process for current use, as well as for possible future developments. On the Discogs side, this upgrade allows us to rely on a more commonly-used authentication protocol, unify log-in data for all our services, and add an extra layer of security for you, the user.
While the log-in page update probably doesn’t impact your day-to-day use of Discogs, there are a few secondary outcomes that may affect you.
The secondary outcomes of this update include:
- The ability to log in on the Discogs blog has been disabled, therefore removing the functionality to comment on blog posts. The proposed amount of development hours required to sync Discogs user accounts to entities on the blog.discogs.com subdomain was vast. What’s more, this feature needed improvements to make it conducive to discussion and truly fit for purpose, like being able to reply to other commenters and receive notifications of interactions. We value the Community feedback this has provided in the past, and although it will no longer be possible to add a comment directly to a blog post, that doesn’t mean the conversation has to end. The Forum is a fertile ground for exchanging your thoughts with the Community and is much better equipped for proper discussion. Deciding which features get priority is never easy. After careful consideration, we believe the effort of keeping comments active on the blog outweighs the benefit, given that the Forum is available. We prefer to put that development time into building and improving website features that are more essential to the Discogs Community and core to the music-collecting hobby.
- As a result of the upgrade, you may have been logged out of Discogs services outside of the main site (like the app, VinylHub, Shipping Labels, etc.) and need to log back in again. Rest assured that none of your previous activity will have been disrupted.
The log-in and authentication process is one small part of keeping the Discogs machine moving forwards. With this recent upgrade, we’ve reinforced it and made it safer and more secure for you and us. Check out our help document for more information on logging into your account, resetting your password, or any related queries.