On the HP Passport page this is a Forgot Password link:
>why was I recently compelled to change a perfectly good password?
You noticed that too? I was thinking of mentioning it. 🙂
>This is even better than the requirement to re-authorize many times per day.
Well, only twice a year. And since you have to enter it N times a day, you should easily remember it too. 🙂
>Did anyone make any good decision anywhere in the design and implementation of this system?
This is HP Passport and nothing to do with the EBC forum. This needs the higher level of security since it is used in more places.
> _how_ often will I need to out-Mickey-Mouse this atrocity? Annually?
No, every 6 months.
>because I was doing Forum stuff when I was told that I needed to set a new password.
Hmm, I thought I was trying to login to the forum when it said I needed a new password.
I suppose we could wait another 6 months to figure this all out.
>Aside from the fact that I'm using the Forums, not any "more places",
If this is HP Passport in general, it may not know there aren't any "more places". I.e. one size fits all.