OpenID.net should have a friendly explanation
I'd like to link somewhere to explain openid (from my applications that support openid sign in), and it seems like openid.net would be the logical place.
But at openid.net, there is no clear, newbie-friendly explanation of how it actually works. I click "What is openID" and I get a whole page of text... that doesn't really answer my question.
I think we need another link at the top... like, "How does it work" maybe?
http://openidexplained.com is closer, but it looks a little embarrassing somehow.
Justin Haynes commented
It is my belief, though I can't prove it with statistics, that many many more ordinary users would be using OpenID if this site could give them a hint within the first 2 seconds of coming to the site on how to actually obtain an OpenID.
I understand that this site's purpose is not to provide OpenIDs or to educate a user on how to get one, but rather to represent OpenID. As such, the content must necessarily be "hublike", because it is a standard implemented by many unrelated "spokelike" parties which may not (and I think are not) actually mentioned on the site. (sorry if I have overlooked - I'm fighting the urge to read everything before commenting so I'll actually have time to comment.)
That's fine, but I believe there is a way to continue to meet your current objective as you are already doing, AND to catch those fleeting users who are only interested in actually obtaining an OpenID for personal use in the first 2-3 seconds. Those interested in OpenID for personal use are probably most of the users who come to the site.
I think a simple solution is to use something you already have: have the orange tab comments appear in the left margin as you already do. then 2 seconds later have one appear that says "Need an OpenID?" Upon clicking this tab, the user gets a short and perhaps slightly informal vignette about how you aren't in exactly the right place, try one of the two following things: 1. go to your favorite search engine and search for "OpenID provider". Pick one. 2. Look at this list of providers...
I suspect option 2 is impractical and probably not a good idea for an organization that functions something like a standards body. But I see nothing wrong with the first.
Please help OpenID to grow by enabling users who will always be less patient than developers to find out how to actually obtain an OpenID! Maybe we feel they need to know how OpenID works... but they don't! They just need it to work! They konw they want one, And they know why: "because I need to get into my friend's blog". They can wait until the next time they're asked for an OpenID to figure out that it actually makes their lives easier.
Thanks for creating OpenID!
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