Looks like I spoke too soon yesterday when I said Blogger.com may not be too keen on using the OpenID mechanism for authenticating users' identity when they comment. It turns out that it did exactly that. Yesterday. The engineers were probably applying their finishing touches while I was writing that post ...
Well, it makes me happy. I hope it will make people like Amrita, Ruhi and Jawahara happy too, because their names can now be accompanied by a link to their blog's URL when they leave a comment. Better yet, WordPress.com (where Amrita and Ruhi have their blogs) is one of the OpenID services; and Sharath Rao does not need to resort to tricks like this one! ;-)
Why is this a big deal (at least for folks like us with their blogs on Blogger.com)? Here's a snippet from Blogger.com's official blog:
You'll see the OpenID icon (OpenID icon) next to the names of commenters who posted with their OpenID. This icon assures you that the person who posted the comment is the same person blogging at the URL their name links to. Say goodbye to comment spoofing!
All I can say is, "Yay!" Way to go, Google!