Those Pesky Slashes

Martin Atkins mart at
Sat May 28 06:39:21 PDT 2005

kurt at wrote:
> I suppose I'm still lost as to why they can't just use their 
> homepage/weblog URL, which has a <link> tag that points to the OpenID 
> server.  It seems to me that one of the points of OpenID is that users 
> can log in with something they already know, their weblog URL.

Some users don't even know what a URL is. People from the "blogosphere" 
are usually quite knowledgable about the web and stuff, but they aren't 
the only people who will be using OpenID, and these people will likely 
be told what to type and just remember it as an opaque string without 
knowing what it actually means.

If you have some like and some like then 
people who use multiple services have to remember which one is which.

Also, not everyone using OpenID will have a weblog. Some will just be 
using a generic OpenID provider, or getting their OpenID identity from 
some non-weblog-hosting service. To them, and are both just as arbitrary since neither of them really 
point at anything anyway.

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