against using user@host identifiers

Evan Martin evan.martin at
Thu Jun 2 11:09:52 PDT 2005

I'm surprised nobody's spelled this out before:
user at host, while cute, are already well-understood as email addresses.
 As soon as [random user x] sees a form that says "enter your id \n
example: foo at", they're gonna enter smileygirl at and get
a bad experience when that fails.

OpenID asserts ownership of URLs, so identifiers should be URLs.

If you want to make a shortcut for URLs, use a differenct character
(like that proposal with a tilde).  But I don't think we can agree on
what URL is a shortcut for:
 -  ;)
 - etc.

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