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Wordpress.com as an OpenID consumer

  1. I've search the forums for a way to allow other people to post comments using their existing external openID accounts (e.g. blogger), and found a couple of threads about it. But all of those end up with the suggestion of contacting WP.com staff directly, which I did before posting this. The thing, I did it but still got no response. So I thought of asking: what's the "normal" response time for questions asked to the WP staff?

    (and of course, if anyone as any ideas regarding the initial question, I'm listening :-) )

    The blog I need help with is gauthma.wordpress.com.

  2. No, WordPress.com can only act as a provider not a consumer. You will find that most major sites do this, because basically they are prepared to be trusted by other sites but not trust any other site to authenticate users for them.

    This seems like a reasonably decision to me, as security is important to wordpress.com

  3. You will find that most major sites do this, because basically they are prepared to be trusted by other sites but not trust any other site to authenticate users for them.

    Blogger does the opposite, as it works both as an OpenID provider and consumer. Besides, if every site does what you suggest, we would only have OpenID providers, but no consumers. Which would make OpenID pretty useless, as we would be back to the scenario before OpenID, viz. one set of login/password for each site... (now it would be one OpenID per site...)

    The security implications for WordPress.com seems a moot point, because it is the user that has to trust the referring site. And AFAIK, that's the way OpenID is supposed to be used...

  4. Blogger does the opposite, as it works both as an OpenID provider and consumer.

    Blogger only acts as an OpenID consumer for comments, not signing in and authoring blogs. If WordPress.com thought there was a need they would be able to do the same withoit compromising security, after all on both platforms you can just input a name and email address and comment without verification.

    You will find that the only major consumer (relying party) is Facebook

    http://techcrunch.com/2009/05/18/facebook-becomes-largest-openid-relying-party/

  5. I don't use Blogger myself, but according to this blogger does indeed act as OpenID provider. While you cannot author blogs (on blogger) with an external OpenID, AFAIK you <i>can</i> use your blogger account as an OpenID to other sites (for example, if WP.com would allow commenting using an OPenID, then you would be able to use your blogger account as an OpenID). Which was exactly my initial request, that has been answered by WP.com staff:

    We don't currently offer the ability to use OpenID to post a comment to a WordPress.com site, and at this time don't have plans to do so in the future.

    I have entered your request as a suggestion, however, and we'll keep it in mind as we continue to improve and upgrade our services on WordPress.com.

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