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I recently encountered this approach for the Forgot Password link on the LLS site. When you select the link, you are not taken to another page. Instead, an email field is displayed. This seems to be a more efficent approach than the traditional solution, which navigates you to a separate page. It's faster and doesn't take you to another page, because you'll have to return to Sign In anyway when you retrieve your password. Does anyone see anything wrong with this approach?

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I guarantee people will enter their email and click submit when they wanted to log in, or enter their username and password and then hit submit instead of sign in –  Shoe Aug 21 '13 at 22:01
    
In the mockup, there is definitely not enough distinction between the fields for the sign in and the fields for the forgot password. The Forgot Password section and its controls would need to be clearly different to the user in order to avoid confusion. –  smoca Aug 22 '13 at 13:56
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If you're using javascript to pop that up, you might as well hide the other fields and buttons to avoid confusion.

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