openid.delegate explained.

Josh Hoyt josh at
Tue Oct 3 12:13:22 PDT 2006

On 10/3/06, Brad Fitzpatrick <brad at> wrote:
> but knows jack shit about ... and
> perhaps Brad doesn't trust LJ to know about ...
> or fears LJ might charge more to use that feature.  etc.

What my protocol change proposal[1] amounts to is making the IdP do
the work, which does change this aspect of delegation. It doesn't
change the "portability" of identifiers. In fact, it's a seamless
transition from the perspective of users, unless their IdP sucks.
Because OpenID is decentralized, if you're using delegation, you can
choose an IdP that doesn't suck (for whatever your definition of suck
is), so I don't think it's a real issue.



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