29 May 2018

Blogger Gibberish

"Blogger no longer supports OpenID. Existing OpenID comments and your OpenID settings may have changed".

Does anybody happen to know what this twaddle means?


Ed Ahlsen-Girard said...

Because Google owns blogger and wishes everyone to use their Google accounts.

Bothersome, as I have two Google accounts (my employer use gmail for corporate use) only one of which is appropriate for religious commentary.

John F H H said...

Google reveals these - not sure whether they make the mud any clearer?? :(



Marc in Eugene said...

OpenID is a scheme that allows one to comment at many different blogs using the one OpenID account i.e. so that one doesn't have to register at, log into, and then find a password for each different blog one comments at. A commenter here, going forward, has to use her Google account, ahem, or sign up for one if she doesn't already have one.

A. S. Haley said...

Yes, Fr. Hunwicke -- it happened on my blog, too. "Open ID"was a system that used to allow a commenter to sign in on Blogger's blogs without having an account with Blogger's parent, Google. Now that means of signing in to your blog has been disabled, and people will have to use their Google accounts.

The "changes" to which the message refers can be seen when you take a look at the past comments on your blog. Those which had been posted by a commenter signing in with Open ID used to show the commenter's name (or chosen pseudonym). Now all those names have been changed, and every one appears as written by "Anonymous." You lose the ability to keep track of who's who as to all those earlier comments.

Why has Blogger done this? They say that the "Open ID" feature was not used by that many people, but their disabling it still seems rather arbitrary.

Tito Edwards said...

I blame Gremlins. Them or Masons.

Mike said...

Google explanation?
OpenID: Blogger previously allowed users to comment on blogs using an existing third party OpenID identity provider and has also acted as an OpenID identity provider when interacting with other systems on the internet. Due to the low usage of this feature, Blogger will no longer support OpenID as a provider or for making comments, and all comments that previously used OpenID will be anonymized. New comments can be posted either from a Google account or labeled as “Anonymous” on blogs that allow it.

ie .......... from a Wordpress user

I can no longer comment on Blogger with my Wordpress ID

william arthurs said...

Father H, It just means that the state of affairs described here back in 2007 is no longer the case.

Edward Norman suggested that swallowing the distress and pain one may feel when one encounters "modern liturgy" may be put to good use as a mortification within a penitential context. It may be possible, using this as a model, to turn to good use the irritation I feel at YET ANOTHER thing to do with computers being chopped and changed for no particular reason.

Chris Jones said...

"OpenID" is an Internet facility to allow people to "log on" to various web sites. To "log on" in this case means to establish their identity and allow web sites to grant or withhold permission to do various things, based on that identity. "OpenID" is separate from the web sites themselves. Web site developers use OpenID so that they don't have to provide their own scheme for identifying and validating users.

"Blogger" is a platform for hosting blogs. It's the platform that you have chosen for hosting your blog. Up until now, Blogger has used OpenID as a tool to identify and validate users when they wish to make a comment on your blog. However, OpenID is a relatively old facility (as age is counted on the Internet), and the folks who run the Blogger platform have decide to move on and use other tools for that purpose.

If someone wants to comment on your blog, he or she can't use OpenID to log on any more. If someone is logged on with OpenID and he wants to comment, the Blogger platform will treat him as if he is not logged on at all. That is, he will be treated as an anonymous commenter.

In sum, what "this twaddle" means is, "People who want to comment on your blog can't use OpenID to identify themselves anymore. They have to use some other way to log on."

Since the Blogger platform is owned by Google, I am pretty sure that the preferred way for users to identify themselves is by logging on to their Google account. If they don't have a Google account or for whatever reason prefer not to use it, the Blogger platform may support other "logging on" facilities; but if so, I do not know what they are.

Dad29 said...

Why has Blogger done this?

Revenues. The more blogger-ID users, the more "impressions" that Google can sell to advertisers.

cyrus83 said...

Another function of this change not really explained well by Blogger is that any previous comments made through an OpenID user are now simply listed as "Anonymous" in your blog's comment history. If you do not allow comments by Anonymous, I am unsure what Blogger did with the OpenID comments, but they are not "visible" to the public based on my experience.

Long story short version - no more comments by non-Google users unless you allow Anonymous comments, and the prior comment history of the entire Blogger platform has been partially corrupted quite on purpose by Google.

Thomas said...

It means that the only way people can comment now is to sign up with a Google account, typically via Google's own 'gmail' service, which I presume is the purpose of Google's forcing this issue upon us. But there is actually a way to avoid using gmail is you search around. I have bitten the bullet and created a Google account (turning off their initially concealed default options for comprehensive tracking and harvesting of all my personal data!). I see that all my previous comments have been switched to 'anonymous'. I'm not overly concerned about that. I don't regard my views as being of any great importance to the world, although it does seem rather high handed of Google to re-edit the past as well as extending their control over the future of the internet. This post is really a test to see whether the new regime works and how the message is delivered.

Little Black Sambo said...

" A commenter here, going forward, has to use her Google account, ahem, or sign up for one if she doesn't already have one."
Are "her" and "she" here used inclusively? If so, that it the first instance I have come across.

ΘΑΝΟΣ ΚΟΥΚ said...

I have a new problem after this event with blogger and the non support of Open ID....
Comments from my blog stopped coming in my Gmail!!!!
Is anyone knows something?

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