OpenID anonymous for LJ?

Zefiro work at
Fri Aug 5 16:36:55 PDT 2005

Hi, Brad

> If you walk down the street [...]
agreed, and it was clear from the start that OpenID does not prove anything, especially not if a user is trustworthy or
anything, except for the one thing that the same ID means it's the same user.

Which, I guess, it's what this 'disallow anonymous comments' is partly about: to be able to have a conversation with someone you
know will be the same guy during your talk.

If it's about trustworthyness, spamming, etc I think it's equally possible with LJ-IDs as well.

Ok, only thing I can think of right now is that creating an OpenID for spamming is really easy, an automated LJ-account-creator
not so easy. So this might in fact be an argument pro 'internal system only'.

Still I'd like to see OpenID and anonymous not being treated the same.

> That said, there are a number of shortcomings in LiveJournal's OpenID
> consumer support, but it's roughly where it'll end up.
I think I don't understand you here. Where will it 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.
I'm not sure how I like this. Probably depends very much if this stays as free as OpenID is - i.e. ratings based on how you
behave or how much you use your ID, not from which server it comes.


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