OpenID anonymous for LJ?

Brad Fitzpatrick brad at
Fri Aug 5 07:41:45 PDT 2005

If you walk down the street and somebody shows you their drivers license
and says, "Hey, I'm Bob, and here's my proof", what does that really mean?
Will you invite them over to dinner?  Let them babysit your 13 year old
daughter?  Hell no... all they did is prove who they are.  You don't trust
them yet.  Maybe after you build a relationship you can start to trust

That said, there are a number of shortcomings in LiveJournal's OpenID
consumer support, but it's roughly where it'll end up.  And it'll
definitely get more interesting when we have a reputation/trust layer atop
OpenID/LID/etc/etc which will be coming, and from multiple vendors/sites,
it seems like.

- Brad

On Fri, 5 Aug 2005, Zefiro wrote:

> Hi, Brad...
> I just noticed that OpenID is treated as being anonymous in LJ. So if a person refuses to get anonymous entries OpenID will be
> blocked, too. Sure, everyone can have as many OpenIDs as they want to and it's potentially a bit easier than creating a free LJ
> account. But I thought the idea was to have an identity, so not being anonymous any more.
> I'd like to see LJ treating entrys with OpenID as being from registered users, not as being completely anonymous. Or perhaps
> allow your users to have the choice how the want to have it BUT with this as default for new AND old accounts.
> After giving it a bit of thought I chose to send this to the list, as other communities might have similar methods of dealing
> with this issue and I would like to hear a few opinions about it.
> :Frederic:

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