[uf-discuss] MicroID - Identity in a shade of microformat

jer jeremie at jabber.org
Mon Mar 27 15:40:35 PST 2006

Boy, once Doc gets a hold of something... I was going to send out a  
little note here asking for some feedback, but it's gone full circle  
already :)

Anyway, MicroID isn't exactly a microformat all by itself but it can  
be expressed in conjunction with one.  It's really just an opaque but  
verifiable owner token, allowing anyone to point at something and say  
"that's mine" which can be verified by using their email address (or  
any supported communication identifier).

The itch I'm scratching is two part, I'm tired of having to put some  
button or javascript code (or upload a funky named empty file) on my  
blog/site to verify that I have editorial control over it.  This  
practice is becoming more and more common, and the technology to do  
this once and for all isn't brain surgery.

The second part is to have a MicroID published with a "score"  
microformat (well really just class='score' unless someone has a  
better idea) that is wrapped around any comment or content published  
on a moderated system.  If I get modded up and have a good reputation  
on that system, why can't there be a solid technical way for me to  
verify my reputation (or just a bag of all my scores) to anyone that  
cares?  If these moderated systems publish a simple MicroID with the  
score output, it makes my reputation portable as much as I want it to  

So, I know I need to improve the vision/message on microid.org better  
(set up yet another wiki?), feel free to im/email me if you have  
specific suggestions, thanks!


On Mar 27, 2006, at 1:26 PM, Chris Messina wrote:

> Anyone seen this?
> MicroID is a new Identity layer to the web and Microformats that
> allows anyone to simply claim verifiable ownership over their own
> pages and content hosted anywhere. The technology is radically simple
> and capable of empowering new and unique meta services with only minor
> effort.
> Via http://www.itgarage.com/node/758
> Looks maybe similar to hcard-supporting ClaimID.com?
> Chris
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