Drop the New Passwordless Email-Based Login System
The new passwordless login mechanism (magic.link) takes up to 30 seconds to use. Our organization uses Office 365 and the email login links take 20-30 seconds to appear in our inboxes. Please offer a traditional password-based login mechanism.
Thanks for all the feedback you you’ve provided to us on this idea. It’s been very helpful.
We’ve begun work to reincorporate passwords back into your authentication experience. Be on the lookout for more updates from us as we make further progress and get closer to releasing updates to this area of your UserVoice experience.
Curtis Stephens commented
This is an absolutely terrible user experience. Please give me an option of using a password to log in instead of the "magic link." I should not have to change tabs to log in.
Why are you making it more difficult to log in? Too many steps to ask MS to fix something that they're going to ignore.
I want to scream every time I use this!
The "one time link" type of login is usually reserved for cases where you don't have your password saved in the keychain or when you have forgotten it. I have my passwords stored, so this is the least convenient feature I've ever seen when it comes to passwords.
This requires multiple steps, changing windows, changing tabs, so many steps to get from A to Z. Is your intent to PREVENT people from sending feedback to software companies? Congratulations, you did it.
I can't tell you how frustrating it is to have to go find an email and then go back to my browser any time I want to post something using UserVoice, even if I was already logged in and posting 30 seconds ago.
I'm not kidding about wanting to scream when I use this. I am a UX Designer and this is some of the worst UX I've ever seen. Did you test this AT ALL?!
PlanbookEdu Support commented
Please, please, please provide an alternative, normal login. As someone who works on different computers this is a huge pain. The Remember Me checkbox barely works. I have to wait for the email to log in way too frequently.
Jonathan Schofield commented
I have not had problems with speed of delivery but the interface handling is not particularly intuitive:
1. User inititiates sign in attempt
2. Email arrives
3. User follows link which opens in a new window and is told to go the original tab
4. Original tab **does not make it clear** user is signed in!
Mark Hartmann commented
Please give us the possibility to opt out of this nasty magic.link login.
Drew Flock commented
My difficulty is that the login email looks like a phishing attempt. Despite our efforts to put rules into place, it still gets quarantined and, unless I have an email admin standing by, it expires before its released. An alternate login mechanism would be useful to me providing feedback.
This is definitely a step back as it's time consuming and inefficient.
Chuck Boudreau commented
The user experience with Magic Link is too fiddly for my liking. It's slow and does not flow. I find myself having to jump between email and my browser and then clicking a confirmation page (15 second if I'm quick) just to access something that I used to have one-click access to. It's a nice idea for some, I suppose. But as for me, Magic Link is a step backwards in usability. I strongly dislike it.
I hate magic. I can't use my password manager, and I'm using one of my secondary email accounts so I always need to log into my email first to get the magic link.
Christoph Rüegg commented
* Doesn't work well with Firefox Containers - or not at all, if that magic link opens in a different container (e.g. the default one).
* Most of the time I'll lose interest in providing any feedback if I first have to switch to my email application and wait for a link before I can finally vote or add a new entry. Having to switch to another application is really a UX no-go.
Why can't we just have a simple login which is either federated (google etc) or then works well with password managers (hence with a simple form)?
Courtney @ Third Iron Support commented
My first experience took me several attempts to authenticate using the magic link. I finally had to clear my cache AND restart my browser before it would work, upon suggestion of a colleague who had the same experience. I use other services that also implemented the magic link technology but they all offer using the traditional un/pw as an alternative (thank goodness). Please consider doing the same.
This new methodology is cumbersome - especially since I use multiple browsers as part of my workflow, and my default browser is not the same as the one where I use Uservoice, which requires me even one more step of having to copy/paste my magic link. I am typically a big fan of streamlining processes and upgrading technology, but I am not a fan of this.
David Robison commented
I'd like to go back to a traditional user name and password scheme. This comment will probably demonstrate my ignorance, but I don't see how this system is valuable or more secure. I've got a bajillion websites that require a user name and password...and then Uservoice with some strange always-required email verification.
One of our customer accounts is currently "locked out" of giving feedback because of this new authentication process (their security process is automatically filtering out the magic link emails). I have never experienced an authentication process that was this painful before. I agree with Kevin that the added security is valuable, but it shouldn't come at the cost of UX, especially for something as simple as logging in.
What is the purpose of asking users "Is this you?" after they just clicked a link??? Is that supposed to offer them some sort of assurance? Maybe there is some sort of technical benefit to this, but to users, they are not responding well to this. Did anyone think to pilot this feature before plaguing us with it? This "magic" link is frustrating our users and has decreased the amount of feedback we receive. Please drop it!!! If you still think dropping the Start Menu in Windows 8 was a great idea, maybe you can at least compromise by significantly extending the expiration time.
Kevin Praeger commented
I LOVE the fact that users must verify their emails now, but what I really wanted was simply the ability to require a password for everyone. The magic link sort of does that, and some would argue more secure than a traditional password, however it does seem like a hassle when you are trying to log in very quickly. Several of my admin users have complained, and at least a couple customers. That said, I think keeping magic link around but improving it would be nice...maybe allowing authenticator apps an an option or allowing text messages would make it easier for folks.
Kara Peacock commented
I literally had to go to my email THREE times just to leave this comment. So frustrating and annoying.
In all honesty, this update makes me not want to log into your platform anymore.
Imagine Earth commented
Same here - it's really annoying, when you just want to send a quick reply to someone.