User @ domain.tld as ID (Once again)

Brad Fitzpatrick brad at
Wed Nov 2 22:49:28 PST 2005

Anybody care to write up a FAQ on the Wiki?

On Thu, 3 Nov 2005, Matthew A. Nicholson wrote:

> Sorry to bring this up again, I am new to OpenID and I breifly read
> through some of the user at domain.tld posts.  Before I go any futher, I
> think a decentralized ID system is an excellent idea, the only problem I
> see with it so far, is it's reliance on URL's as identifiers.
> First I don't see everyone getting a URL so they can use their OpenID's,
> almost everyone who uses the net already has an email address.  Second,
> tons and tons of other technologies already use email address style
> identifiers.  These include, but are not limited to: email, jabber, gpg,
> monotone, arch, SIP, IAX (and other VOIP stuffs), the list goes on.  Why
> not continue this tradition, it seems to work well.  Why not have one ID
> for everything.
> The argument that hotmail users can't use openid because they don't have
> an openid server on does not hold much water.  If the
> customers demand it, and google, and yahoo are doing it, hotmail will
> have openid's.  It's that simple.  Also the argument about people
> changing email addresses frequently is equally weak.  People change
> email addresses because their ISP changed, or they found out hotmail
> sucks.  A revolution is going on, and as an email address becomes the
> universal identifier, they won't be quite as quick to change.
> Any way, I guess what I am trying to say is, I think OpenID went wrong
> on not supporting user at domain.tld as an ID and with out that missing
> peice, I don't think it will become popular beyond blogging.  I was
> thinking about using it (and still am), but the non email based id thing
> is a show stopper.
> Once again, sorry for bringing this up again...
> --
> Matthew A. Nicholson

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