Robert Stupp commented on CASSANDRA-5836:

Don't assume that a new cluster is empty or that it's safe to assume that the 
first ever seed node has no data. If authentication is enabled, a default user 
is created. It would be very surprising for users ("can't login with cassandra 
anymore!") and actually a real security issue, if that user is recreated (if it 
was dropped) or the password changed back to the default.

> Seed nodes should be able to bootstrap without manual intervention
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-5836
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-5836
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Bill Hathaway
>            Priority: Minor
> The current logic doesn't allow a seed node to be bootstrapped.  If a user 
> wants to bootstrap a node configured as a seed (for example to replace a seed 
> node via replace_token), they first need to remove the node's own IP from the 
> seed list, and then start the bootstrap process.  This seems like an 
> unnecessary step since a node never uses itself as a seed.
> I think it would be a better experience if the logic was changed to allow a 
> seed node to bootstrap without manual intervention when there are other seed 
> nodes up in a ring.

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