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    OpenID

    Is anyone familiar with the new OpenID technology? I'd like to hear some thoughts on this.

    I just activated the Yadis Plugin for WordPress on my blog, but am a little confused at how it works at this point.

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    I've heard about it, and the industry giants are starting to support it, but I have my doubts as to whether it's really going to be all that it's cracked up to be, especially where privacy and security are concerned.

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    Thanks for the reply Dan.

    I've checked into it a little more since I read this article about it in Problogger.com.

    One thing that's bad about it is that it doesn't allow you to link back to your site when you comment. And we all know, that is a big motivating factor for people leaving comments on a blog.

    I'm not sure what all of the security implications are yet. Still reading about it when I get a free moment or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    I've heard about it, and the industry giants are starting to support it, but I have my doubts as to whether it's really going to be all that it's cracked up to be, especially where privacy and security are concerned.
    Privacy is pretty dead these days, and security-wise it looks to be pretty solid, outside of that whole "single point of failure" issue. I think it has a bit more legs than you do.

    One thing that's bad about it is that it doesn't allow you to link back to your site when you comment. And we all know, that is a big motivating factor for people leaving comments on a blog.
    Funny, I just leave comments on a blog to, well, leave comments on a blog.

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    Yes, some sites do now require an OpenID to sign up.

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    I do think that OpenID is a good idea, and if I was to code a small web app any time soon, I would just use OpenID as opposed to coding a whole user registration system.
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