Sure, you can test the registering system, there’s no harm in it. Just don’t add any non-functioning / onetime emails in any email list or subscribe to newsletters and such as emailing 1) costs real money and 2) non-delivered mails and email wrongly identified as spam greatly hamper our ability to send legitimate emails for example to users requesting a password reset.
This kind of testing is all positive and any feedback and possible found bugs help tremendously in making things smoother overall!
Well, any serious server errors such as broken database transactions or 500-errors due to bugs in code or badly handled malicious input from the user are automatically logged but there is no easy way to identify a “this person tried to register but encountered an error”.
We also have a ton of live metrics of all kinds of positive and negative things such as new registrations, logins, logouts etc and monitoring that goes of if any of those metrics cross a predefined threshold. So things like “oh, the registering hasn’t been working since out last weeks production update” cannot happen by mistake.
I think signing in with Facebook doesn’t work at the moment due to recent changes in Facebook API rules. (That you can test by unlinking your Facebook account from your listener profile and trying to create an account via Facebook login.) Instead of fixing it, we will be removing it as Facebook has turned into a really shady and unfriendly place and we don’t want to help them violating peoples privacy. Removing the link is, however, not easy as we still have many users who don’t have an alternative login set.
But, ability to register with Facebook will be removed in our next release. We’ll be adding Sign In with Apple alongside the Google-login as well so people wanting to register via a third-party account can have a choice between two proper alternatives.
You can test what a non-registered user sees by visiting any page or a live show using a fresh private browser window. We don’t actively try to push people into registering anywhere else but on the live show page mainly because the process is still a bit rocky.
But adding a register button to the upcoming event show page, for example, would not be a bad idea. (And it’s very easy to do.) I’ll add this to the very next update.
I definitely see the issue and this is high on the TODO-list. Until very recently when we made our authentication update we didn’t have a technical way to offer a smoother registering workflow. Now we do, and the idea is to allow normal users to register account without verifying email address and without leaving the live page at all. So basically you can just fill in the obligatory fields (email, password, username) and click register, and you’re in. No need to leave the live page or do anything too hard.
The new login process is a part of much larger task of moving everything on top of our new infrastructure but we’ll implement the registering and logging in via live page as a small step independently of the other tasks some point in the next 2-4 weeks.