OpenID is such a wonderful idea, implemented (for the most part) in a horribly borked way. I have found, I think, a grand total of 2 sites that actually use OpenID the way it should be used: AS AN ID! These sites are LiveJournal and Identica(edit: on second glance, LJ fails; my bad). Every other site fudges it in some fashion. Some (I’m thinking specifically Blogger blog comments) let you use it as a temporary (i.e. single session, or single use) ID. Some, including two blogs I wanted to leave comments on today, tease me with the “ability” to log in with OpenID, but then immediately require me to register for an account on their server. Which is exactly what I could have done without OpenID. So what is the point? I can associate my OpenID with this new account? Yay. Again, what is the point? It makes me sad and frustrated that the OpenID concept is being ruined by sites that just don’t understand it. Also, many big name sites “support” OpenID first by being an ID provider. Accepting ID from other providers is added later, if at all. Again, what’s the point? There really ought to be some regulating committe that oversees OpenID and whacks sites with a big heavy nail-laden stick when they don’t do it right.
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