: SixApart announces TypeKey, a service that lets you register once and use that registration across any blog that uses the service. I think this is a good idea both because it’s more convenient for posters and because I’ve found in my experience with forums that when people invest in an identity, they are usually less likely to act naughty or nasty. A few questions:
> Does this require verification of an email address?
> What happens when a blogger and TypeKey get a subpoena trying to determine a commenter’s identity?
> Can we set it up so that readers can view only comments that have an identity (call it the troll filter)?
> Is this a good first step to creating distributed blogging (that is, on my blog, let me link to or incorporate any comments I made on others’ blogs)?
> Will my TypeKey profile page link to all my comments? Does it enable a sort of trackback? Can I then search and look for all the comments made by this commenter?
> Will this work with nonblog applications — e.g., Amazon reviews, the forums on my day-job sites, etc.?
> Forgot to ask the obvious: I assume that a blog could make use of this optional — that is, some comments would be signed, others not.
> And how will it work for a blogger to ban an abusive commenter?
: See a very good comment on comments in the comments from SixApart founder Mena Trott.
: Lots of good discussion in the comments.
: Winer’s questions.