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Santas! (A "shibboleth" service.)

Since I needed to crack my knuckles and have a warm-up, programming-wise, I made a small service for creating a Secret Santa list.

I've been thinking of web services like these as "shibboleth" services. In my head these are applications where a password is required but identity is de-emphasized, usually meaning users don't need to choose or manage a username or profile.

There's already a better name for this, right? Headless? Non-playered? Assisted authentication? I should know the term by now but I'm a little behind - nevertheless, it seems like they're easy and suitable for lightweight, fun usages.

posted at December 02, 2008, 5:28 PM


  • At 1:38 PM, Blogger Stowe Boyd said…

    The guys at call your 'Shibboleth' model 'simple sharing'

  • At 5:33 AM, Blogger Justin Morgan said…

    This is great! I was going to use it for a group of friends, but couldn't because we didn't want spouses to get assigned to each other. It would be great if there were a way to add exceptions so that X can't get Y, but still have otherwise random results. Nice job!

  • At 7:31 AM, Blogger Tom Pierce said…

    Love the app, nice job!

  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger Main Line Yoga said…

    i like this.
    next year can we have a field for email addresses so that it automatically sends to them?
    found you through the merlin show, btw


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