Brad Fitzpatrick brad at danga.com
Tue Jun 28 08:21:39 PDT 2005


On Tue, 28 Jun 2005, Martin Atkins wrote:

> I was just showing off OpenID to a friend of mine, and he made a very
> good point. In lots of places we've been calling OpenID a “distributed”
> identity system, but really it isn't. Only one entity takes part in each
> of the roles for a given transaction. I think a more appropriate term is
> “decentralised”: there is no central authority for anything, and users
> are free to choose whatever ID server they want.
> A minor nitpick, perhaps, but it could cause some confusion for those
> who misinterpret what we mean by “distributed”. I suggest changing it to
> “decentralised” (or with a Z, if you prefer) everywhere.
> I think the first section on the front page should also mention that
> your OpenID identity isn't necessarily coupled to a particular ID
> server, so you can switch between them at will without changing your
> identity URL (as long as you have an identity which allows that;
> LiveJournal's currently don't). That's the first question I'm always
> asked when people read the first sentence of that page.

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