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OpenID discussion at IIW2008a

I'm at IIW2008a today and tomorrow. Had a good discussion about OpenID adoption challenges with the usual suspects this afternoon. The full notes will be up on the Wiki soon, a few things that need to get fixed:
  • OpenID, Please is very cool; but... ironically, I can't sign in to it as http://www.abstractioneer.org/. Needs to get fixed on one side or the other.
  • The list of barriers to adoption is a lot longer than the list of user benefits! This needs to change.
  • There hasn't been much push to get client side code to adopt OpenID (Firefox, toolbars, Google Gears, etc.). A big problem here is that it's not clear exactly what such code should do, or whether the standard is sufficient for whatever it should do to work well. This needs to change.
And a thought: For RPs, OpenID adds complication to their login system. Unless they're ma.gnol.ia, they still need to build a non-OpenID registration and login system to handle non-OpenID users. Silly idea: What if there were a very basic "OP of last resort"? An RP could try to find an OP for a user, and if they couldn't find one, would kick off registration at the OPoLR, which would actually hold the account information. The OPoLR would of course need to be run as a non-profit community resource...

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