My identity concept was horribly flawed. I’m a little surprised I overlooked something so terribly obvious. As such, I suddenly realize what aspect of the identity problem OpenID serves to solve so nicely.
I wanted to have a “home” system… and when logging on to a community, you would pass your login, password, and home system to that community – then the community software would ping your home server and see if you were valid. Is it obvious where I was dumb? You don’t want to go handing your password out to every community you come across. That suddenly opens the flood gates to communities designed to harvest identities.
Wow – that was dumb. It’s time to go back to reading more on what other folks have already figured out.