against using user@host identifiers
paul at ciphergoth.org
Thu Jun 2 11:55:11 PDT 2005
Evan Martin wrote:
> I'm surprised nobody's spelled this out before:
> user at host, while cute, are already well-understood as email addresses.
> As soon as [random user x] sees a form that says "enter your id \n
> example: foo at bar.com", they're gonna enter smileygirl at aol.com and get
> a bad experience when that fails.
How is that different from them entering their web provider URL and
finding that that fails? The failure won't be ugly - just a message
saying "oh, it seems that aol.com don't provide OpenID authentication.
To get yourself an OpenID, try one of these providers..."
But I'm not really pushed about this - I can see the arguments the other
> If you want to make a shortcut for URLs, use a differenct character
> (like that proposal with a tilde).
Tilde is fairly standard identifier for home directories. It works on
LiveJournal, for example. So I don't think we need a special "tilde
proposal" - I can already use livejournal.com/~ciphergoth as an OpenID
and that'll do fine.
\/ o\ Paul Crowley, paul at ciphergoth.org
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