[OpenID] Exchange could be a strategic error -- if done nowrather than later...

Gabe Wachob gabe.wachob at amsoft.net
Tue Jan 16 06:15:17 UTC 2007

A very big +1 to Johanne's email. The only issue about the exchange et al
specs are whether or not they are somehow 'official' and there is an
expectation that they are part of the base OpenID specs that everyone is
expected to implement when calling their stuff "openid". 

I think a brand architecture based on core OpenID functionality and built
around the "innovation on top of OpenID" angle is a great idea - don't know
what form it would take. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: general-bounces at openid.net [mailto:general-bounces at openid.net] On
> Behalf Of Johannes Ernst
> Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 9:24 PM
> To: openid-general
> Subject: Re: [OpenID] Exchange could be a strategic error -- if done
> nowrather than later...
> But ...
> Keep in mind that the foundation of everything OpenID -- Yadis -- was
> created for the specific purpose to let everybody plug in whatever
> services they like to. This is one of the major attractions of the
> OpenID movement -- nobody gets to veto somebody else's innovations,
> and thus we have a larger community than many others in identity land.
> Having said that, there is a good point to be made to distinguish
> between "official OpenID specifications" and "other innovations that
> may or may not become official OpenID specifications at some point".
> FOr one, even if we don't have partially-overlapping "competing"
> specs, it would be very unreasonable to expect from implementors --
> or even the implementor's expectations -- to implement every single
> one and update every single one every time it gets updated.
> What about we communicate that "two-tier structure" with respect to
> OpenID branding -- because that's all it is, it is not about
> technology given the decentralized nature of OpenID -- more clearly?
> CHeers,
> Johannes Ernst
> NetMesh Inc.

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