user@domain URNs, independent from OpenID spec

Evan Martin evan.martin at
Tue Jul 5 13:50:23 PDT 2005

On 7/5/05, Mario Salzer <mario at> wrote:
> I'm still the opinion that the general user-friendliness of a non-URL
> syntax far outweights the eventual confusion of just a few people.

This is the critical point.  More than "just a few people" don't
understand these things.  You're thinking about too narrow a scope of

On LiveJournal we saw people trying to login with all sorts of
ridiculous things, like their AOL username or their AOL email address.
 I mention AOL only because it's representative of casual users --
this sort of confusion exists everywhere, not just on AOL.

I think Jabber got this wrong, too.  It's too late to disassociate "@"
from email.

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