OpenID is not a trust system. But... Google kinda is.
mart at degeneration.co.uk
Fri May 20 11:54:15 PDT 2005
Brad Fitzpatrick wrote:
> OpenID consumers validate somebody owns a URL, right?
> But how can LiveJournal trust that person isn't a spammer who set up his
> own identity server just for spamming? OpenID doesn't attempt to solve
> We keep talking about a hypothetical trust system build atop OpenID, FOAF,
> XFN, etc. I'm sure somebody will build it.
> But in the meantime, it already exists, and its name is Google PageRank.
> So it's possible, and easy. We just need Google to bless it and say
> bloggers can use it for anti-comment-spam measures.
> Any Googlers want to pass this request along?
Hmm. From my (admittedly limited) understanding of PageRank, you have no
PageRank at all unless someone links to you. This could make it quite
hard for a new blogger to actually get anywhere. It's not too hard to
get on Google, though, I admit. LiveJournal users already all link to
One thought that springs to mind is that if people are going to start
linking to these identity URLs there'll be a lot of OpenID PageRank
incest. I guess that's what that wacky rel="..." value I forget is for,
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