TYPEKEY -- If a slice of the active blogging world implemented the Typekey functions, they would not only kill unwanted commenters but they would be super-aggregated. From what I can see via the Typepad Help Files, Typekey can facilitate automatic blogroll sharing and relational metadata. I think it is a worthwhile compromise to hold your metadata on a central server prior to being allowed to comment (or perhaps view content) on a personal server. This kind of comment control will stifle racist and anti-gay comments that plague my blog properties. It would corral the pesky Poles flogging meds and sex who land here through the service of compromised IP blocs from around the world.
The basic system involves a single login to a central server. I think it's worth trusting Six Apart's server farm to handle this kind of huge load. It's also worth trusting Six Apart with facilitating blog connectivity. They respect the Internet community more than the monolith Microsoft and its Passport system. It's a bit shrill to characterise Typekey as "the Patriot Act of Weblogging." When it's running, Typekey will work with Movable Type 3.0 and TypePad.
Dave Winer raises potential objections.
- Will the API be public and clonable?
- If so, will the API be published before the initial deployment of the SixApart system?
- Will it be possible for Movable Type and TypePad users to plug into a non-SixApart authentication system?
- Will the process for designing the API be open or will it be designed exclusively by SixApart?
- Are there any patents pending on the technology?
From USENET to guest books to discussion boards to blog comments, today's technology has made commentators freer than ever to devise and revise content. I think the technology has also rise to mass reproduction without reflection. Typekey won't be a mandatory part of the blogosphere. For those who need a method of controlling the ejits who have little respect for the Commons, it's could be a welcome addition to the IT toolset. I think Six Apart deserve time to test and get comment on a real piece of technology before being shot down in early Alpha.
Six Apart -- "TypeKey Authentication Services"
Shelley Powers -- "The Patriot Act of Weblogging"
Dave Winer -- "Questions for Six Apart" and some answers in Typekey FAQ.