[OpenID] OpenID Chance II

Troy Benjegerdes hozer at hozed.org
Fri Feb 2 18:58:54 UTC 2007

On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 08:48:51PM -0600, Mike Johnson wrote:
> Hi all,
> Thanks for the thoughts. I think there could be some really interesting
> intersections between OpenID and Citizendium. I would suggest that we at
> Citizendium want to do what many sites will be wanting to do 2-3 years down
> the road (i.e. connect real-world identities to online personas), so CZ
> could be an interesting conceptual example.
> Our needs don't revolve around peoples' online reputations-- whether they
> have good karma on Slashdot, high ratings on eBay, etc. but on connecting
> off-line and on-line personas in a reasonably secure manner. A quick primer
> on Citizendium is that we're much like Wikipedia, except we require everyone
> to sign in under their real name, and we have a class of contributors called
> Expert Editors, who must be tenure-track professors (or equivalent). There
> are more differences, but those are the most relevant.
> So, right now authors are on the honor system (we ban obviously false
> names), but we manually confirm through requesting academia-hosted CVs that
> there's a good chance editors are who they say they are (i.e. they're
> applying under their real name and have the institutional affiliations and
> degrees they say they do).

Hrrm. I had not heard of citizendium before, but I believe I like the
idea. I do want to point out though, that we have no real assurance that
you have any association with citizendium posting from a gmail address

I would like to apply for a citizendium account myself.. but only if I
can use either OpenID or cross-realm Kerberos to log in. I do not trust
any site that still requires "just" a password and email confirmation to
log in.

Troy Benjegerdes                'da hozer'                hozer at hozed.org  

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