user@domain identity form musings
mart at degeneration.co.uk
Fri May 27 10:44:46 PDT 2005
M. David Peterson wrote:
> Separation of trivial is all a matter of who you are talking to. People
> understand foo at bar.com to mean an individual email address. Most think of a
> website when they see foo.bar.com <http://foo.bar.com> or
> http://foo.bar.comand, as a technical detail to you or me, causes them
> to wonder why they have
> to go to that site first and then what they have to do when they get there
> and.... the unsurities and anxietys of the unknown technology are more than
> worth the effort to regex an @ to . if it now means "oh, Ive used my email
> address before to log in to a site... thats easy...
> all of this means higher adoption rate and I would bet that rate difference
> to be quite considerable
Most users aren't going to know it's a URL. For example, LiveJournal's
documentation will say "Type username.livejournal.com into the OpenID
Login box, where 'username' is your LiveJournal username". Users will
then go ahead and do that, blissfully unaware of what is going on behind
What I *would* like is a way to clean up URLs which have slashes in
them. Some sites aren't going to want the wildcard DNS, perhaps because
they already have one or more real hostnames in the zone which conflict
with usernames, so they're going to have identity URLs like
mysite.com/username, which looks quite odd.
However, adding lots of little URL preprocessing rules isn't the answer.
If that route is taken, inevitably every consumer will implement them a
little differently and users will wonder why username at livejournal.com
works on one site but not on another.
I think that it looking like an email address would put off a lot of
people. I certainly don't like giving my email address to arbitrary
sites, as I never know what they're going to do with it. Sure, I know
that in this case it's not really an email address, but most users will
not. Also, as soon as we start playing the "it looks like an email
address" game, people will wonder why they can't just use their Hotmail
account instead of their LiveJournal account.
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