OpenID anonymous for LJ?

Brad Fitzpatrick brad at
Fri Aug 5 17:05:48 PDT 2005

On Sat, 6 Aug 2005, Zefiro wrote:

> 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.
> 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'.

Yes.  LiveJournal has more checks on account creation than OpenID, so they
can be trusted by default a /little/ more, but not a hell of a lot.

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

That was just the easiest thing to bang out.  Eventually we'll break 'em
into two options so users can say exactly what their preferences are.

- Brad

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