+Bob Wyman asked on another thread if I actually claim to have invented OpenID. Apparently the history is now muddled.

I replied yes, because at least at the time I wasn't aware of any other decentralized efforts. I knew I didn't like Passport or TypeKey because they had a single server/company at their center.

I recently found the old whiteboard in my garage where I sat on the floor and drew out the protocol to myself. (the whiteboard used to be in my home office at my old house, but somehow got stuck in my garage for the past 4+ years)

Some early links:
http://lists.danga.com/pipermail/yadis/
http://lists.danga.com/pipermail/yadis/2005-May/thread.html
http://lists.danga.com/pipermail/yadis/2005-May/000024.html
http://lists.danga.com/pipermail/yadis/2005-May/000027.html
"Anybody have objections to this auto-discovery link for finding the identity server from an HTML document?"
http://lj-dev.livejournal.com/683939.html
http://lj-dev.livejournal.com/688423.html
http://lj-dev.livejournal.com/688109.html

etc.

I certainly didn't do everything (especially after v1), but I sketched out the early basics of the protocol and discovery, implemented the first versions, and herded all the cats with all their opinions.

shrug
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