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Open ID Login URL? - Not clear on website

I was exploring the features and benefits of the "Intense Debate" plugin for Wordpress, and was prompted to sign into Open ID by providing my Open ID URL.

I have a Google Account, but have never been directly asked for my Open ID account. This lead me to the Open ID website, at which point I thought the information would be clearly indicated on the "Get an Open ID" or "start using your Open ID" page. Instead, it was a bunch irrelevant information about how I already have an account, with links to useless links like Google and Yahoo's landing page.

The answer to the question, "where do I get an Open ID URL" for basic login is unfortunately difficult to find on the current website, if it's even there (I have yet to find it).

If Open ID is to succeed in achieving mass adoption, surely the basics like providing a website that provides basic information like how to obtain an account and sign in are of the utmost importance. I consider myself to be quite computer literate and I'm frustrated beyond belief, so I can just imagine what a non starter this would be for incorporating into a website and asking people like my parents to try and obtain this new account and throw them in a complete loop trying to figure out where they go to get it.


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planned  ·  AdminChris Messina (Admin, OpenID) responded  · 

This is a fair criticism and something that we want to address as we continue to make improvements to our newly relaunched website. It has a long way to go still, and this kind of feedback is very helpful in directing our attention. Thanks — and sorry to hear about your frustration.


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  • AdminChris Messina (Admin, OpenID) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @chris_miner: where did you try that OpenID URL? It should work — if not, perhaps the site implemented OpenID incorrectly?

    Clearly Google needs to make this easier for people — it's frustrating that they've made it so confusing.

  • chris_miner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also only visisted the openid site because I wanted to get an openid and also found the you-already-have-one-cause-of-google-account reference. But that actually didn't help, because I still don't know what to type in the open id field. I did try the url given by chris24, and that didn't work for the openid enabled app i was using. Anyway, I just gave up in the end. Lots of sites have a facebook login anyway. Isn't that the same thing?

  • mydogholly commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree, trying to login with my Google account was not possible and the directions on OpenID site was not helpful. For now I just have to be anonymous on for now.

  • heimo.j.hanninen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i feel a bit cuddy myself-
    1. went to site: saying start using Open Id
    2. Ok, what's that? followed find out more about OpenIDs link to:
    3. but - not clear what actually should be typed in text box at the site 1. ??
    4. it shows an exmaple: e.g. - so have tried google: - no luck, and with my my google user name attached - no luck - but now when tried yahoo - it DID work ok?! SO IS GOOGLE INTEGRATION JUST BROKEN ?

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