against using user@host identifiers

Brad Fitzpatrick brad at
Thu Jun 2 12:11:05 PDT 2005

On Thu, 2 Jun 2005, Paul Crowley wrote:

> > If you want to make a shortcut for URLs, use a differenct character
> > (like that proposal with a tilde).
> Tilde is fairly standard identifier for home directories.  It works on
> LiveJournal, for example.  So I don't think we need a special "tilde
> proposal" - I can already use as an OpenID
> and that'll do fine.

I've heard arguments that ~ isn't on all international keyboard layouts.
(not that it matters since users won't type it, but still....)

But this is all up for consumers to decide.  In the end I'm only going to
be pushing for URLs for LiveJournal and other SixApart products.  Between
auto-complete and a FireFox plugin to find/fill/trust sites' openid_url
fields, I don't think URLs are cumbersome.

Let's leave this conversation for later.

- Brad

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