[OT] Re: User @ domain.tld as ID (Once again)

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Nov 3 08:36:16 PST 2005

Mike Hearn wrote:

> How many web sites actually *don't* ask for your email address when you
> register? I don't even remember the last time this happened. Even blogs
> and open source programs like bugzilla require email addresses
> these days usually so they can email you your password if you forget it.

This model is called "email based identity and authentication" (EBIA) 
and (for better or for worse) it is indeed the model that most people 
are familiar with.

> In other words, email addresses are already the canonical user identity! I
> don't think you can escape from that.

That's one reason we initially focused on email addresses (with the 
flexibility to support other identifiers) in Passel:



Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation
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