[OpenID] why is xri so obtuse?

Steve Churchill steven.churchill at ootao.com
Tue Jan 2 00:05:18 UTC 2007

Hello Dmitry,

I feel that XRI resolution is very clean with respect to delegated

For example, there is nothing to stop you right now from creating any number
of delegated registries (namespaces) where you host both the registry and
the openID service for each of the delegated XRI authorities. 

To be sure, the resolution chain does need to be rooted in one of the global
registries "=" or "@", but you don't need to pay for an authority at that
level if you are willing to use @freeid or the like.

So if you don't want to spend money for a top level name, you can do
something like create @freeid*dmitry and then host any number of nested
registries under that, such as @freeid*dmitry*friends*{john,mary}

You host both the registry (the "authority resolution service" -- a very
simple piece of code) and the OpenID service for each of the delegated
authorities. If you have any questions about how to do this, I'd be happy to

I've attached an article I wrote that talks about XRI authority graph.

~ Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: general-bounces at openid.net [mailto:general-bounces at openid.net] On
Behalf Of Dmitry Shechtman
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2007 11:16 AM
To: 'Drummond Reed'; general at openid.net
Subject: Re: [OpenID] why is xri so obtuse?

Bon appetit, Drummond. I'm waiting for your reply as well as to LinkSafe's.
However, these "free i-names", as they state it themselves, are something to
"play with". Even if I get one, i-names will never be really free. Did I
misunderstand that?

Meanwhile, here is what I replied to Victor with. Yeah, it's a bit childish.
But I believe it does convey the intended message:


Thank you for your kind suggestion.

I am working on OpenID integration for phpBB, world's #1 bulletin board
software, which also happens to be free.

I thought I should mention i-names support as additional rationale for
bulletin board administrators employing OpenID, but I now see that it would
actually have the opposite effect.

I'd be willing to develop a commercial package that would include i-names
support. If your upstream provider wants me to, they'll have to pay me

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