I'm not sure I'm getting this? This is not Internet banking or anything, so why the extra need for protection? I have no personal data at these forums that anyone could possible want. Even if they did steal my password, they could not really use it for very much, other than to make me look like a fool (and I do a fine enough job at that myself already, thank you very much).
If you follow best practice, then I'm sure you have unique passwords for every online account you own, and that your forum password is nothing at all related to any of your other accounts. Fantastic... no problem.
But the truth is, many of our community members will reuse their passwords for many of the other sites and computers they access. Their forum profile is likely not a target, but one's banking or email account might be.
Is this Canonicals fault? Heck no. But, if it's within someone's power to make a simple difference without much of a cost, then why not? It's one less thing people have to worry about, and it makes you feel fuzzy.
The suggestion is meant to simply help the community, even if they don't know they need it.
The best way for people to remember to lock their doors, is for them to have a break-in Some people have to learn the hard way, as the saying go.
But okay, added security is never a bad thing if it can be implemented, so I won't complain of course. If it can't, it won't keep me awake at night, though.
It's certainly true that the connection is not secure, and anyone with their wits about them would be able to sniff login data for these forums pretty easily. But, there's really nothing all that valuable to be gained from those, and the people who steal passwords "just because" aren't the same as the people who set up personal data mining operations.
For those who'd prefer not to have to worry about untrusted networks at all, there's always ssh tunneling.
Well, if you use the same passwords on social sites as for your online banking then you ask for problems right away.
Instead of protecting users from all the hazards in the world, the users should start protecting themselves... why do we have a brain to think? Definitively not for being spoon-fed all the time.
I just found out another user has been masquerading as KevDog for months. I hope this doesn't mean black beans for me! Gotta stop using the public wifi connection!