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Our login system is almost here!

By It's My Life on April 11, 2011 11:27 AM | No TrackBacks

We've been working hard on the new login system for IML, and it's just about ready! Here's what you need to know:

As of this Wednesday, April 13, in order to post a submission to any You Said It page, you'll need to be logged in with a PBS KIDS GO! username. If you're not already logged in, you'll be asked to do that, or if you don't have a username, you'll be given a chance to create one.

Getting a username is very easy and just takes a few seconds. You WILL NOT be asked for any information about yourself (like name, age, or location) and you WILL NOT be asked to provide an email address. You will just be asked to create a username and password, and choose a secret code that will help you if you ever forget your password. These usernames will be approved by someone at PBS KIDS GO! within 24 hours to make sure they aren't offensive (until your username is approved, you will show up as "New User"). This is how PBS KIDS GO! keeps everyone safe.

We know that some of you feel you won't be allowed to use IML now, because you're not permitted to "register" on any websites. If that's the case, we hope you'll find a way to stay a part of our YSI pages, perhaps by showing a parent that the PBS KIDS GO! login is carefully designed to be ultra-safe and protect everyone's privacy.

You may just want to use your username to post on IML, and that's totally fine. However, if you want to, you can take advantage of the Secret Box system that comes with your GO! username. The Secret Box lets you keep track of all your own posts  and you will also be able to save other things you create not just on IML but on other GO! sites. You'll be able to choose a "theme" and an "icon" to represent you; scroll down towards the bottom of the choices and you'll see some familiar faces from IML games and illustrations. You'll also be able to add and keep track of friends you meet on IML, and visit their Secret Boxes.

We know some of you were hoping we'd be able to keep at least one YSI page open without needing a login, but after a lot of discussion, we decided that this would cause more problems than it would solve. So if you don't have a username or are not logged in, you will be able to read posts on all YSI pages, but not submit your own. We realize we might lose some great IML'ers because of this, and it was a very hard choice to make, but we believe it's for the best. We didn't make any of these decisions lightly and took IML'ers comments into serious consideration. IML will be even safer now that there can be no more "Impostering" -- someone using your IML name to post, pretending to be you -- and a better way to connect with other tweens through the Secret Box system.

Since we are totally changing over, ALL of the existing posts on the You Said It pages will be gone. Poof! Not ideal, we know. We tried to figure out a way to keep the old and the new, but it would just be too confusing. So if you posted something that you really would like to see on the new pages -- something from My Writing, for instance, or anything you spent a lot of time on -- we suggest you cut and paste it onto your computer now so you can re-post it again with your GO! username once the switch happens.

We know most of you have been wanting this login system for a while now, and we're so excited that it's finally here!

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