[wp-hackers] GSoC 2008 Proposal: Core OpenID Support

Ronald Heft ron at cavemonkey50.com
Tue Mar 18 20:47:44 GMT 2008

Excellent points, Lloyd. However, I tend to look at this from a different
While a blog administrator can take advantage of OpenID by installing a
plugin, not many do. The mass majority of WordPress blogs do not have any
OpenID support, and that disadvantages the OpenID user. An OpenID user can
not install OpenID on any blog they wish; that option is up to the blog
administrator. So, if I come across Joe's Blog and I want to comment, my
option of using OpenID is limited to if Joe installed a completely optional
plugin. By having OpenID support built right into WordPress, the number of
OpenID capable WordPress blogs would skyrocket.

And while yes, the spam argument is kind of moot, and most websites do not
require registration, the websites that do are a pain to deal with. I would
much rather enter in my OpenID then go through the whole registration

On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 4:17 PM, Lloyd Budd <lloydomattic at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 18, 2008 at 1:00 PM, Ronald Heft <ron at cavemonkey50.com> wrote:
> > Here is my second project proposal. I'll see how this one does, and I
> will
> >  probably crank out at least another proposal before the application
> >  submission period begins.
> Although it is a provocative proposal, I wonder if it is sufficient
> scope. Last I checked, the existing WordPress plugins for related
> experiences are pretty polished.
> The proposal may be a bit better if used the domain terminology. In
> this case, relying party (consumer) and Identity provider or OpenID
> provider.
> Although, likely to spark a holy war, my biggest problem is OpenID,
> other than having big buzz points, doesn't solve an experience problem
> for most WordPress participants, and those that it does are well
> served by a plugin. Most blogs do not require registration or comment
> verification [sic] , nor do I buy the argument that OpenID can have
> any significant benefit in the fight against spam. Currently, using
> OpenID on any site is pretty awkward and the experience is phishing
> fear focused.
> Hope that helps,
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Ronald Heft, Jr.
Information Sciences and Technology
Pennsylvania State University

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