sxore is an identity and reputation system for blog authors, readers and commenters developed by sxip. As with any respectable web 2.0 services, it is in public (perpetual?) beta. I’ve heard of them before via TechCrunch but have not tried it. With so many new services being reviewed daily, where would you find time for that unless that’s your full-time job?
Our work on XRI somehow introduced me to Keith Grennan at Sxip who mentioned that they’ve successfully integrated i-name authentication in their sxore service – so I decided it to try it.
Everything works as advertised. The sign-up process was a breeze; just entered my i-name
=wil, it brought me to my i-broker which authenticated me and kicked me back to sxore.com where I filled in the URL, an alias and email address. There I am, instantly logged in, without having to stir brain juices to construct yet another password! Such is the power of XRI and OpenID.
Now I’m logged in, it tells me to download and install the sxore WordPress plug-in. Ok, wasn’t expecting that (in fact, I had no idea what the service did before I started!) I followed the instructions to install the plug-in and activated it with the code that was given to me and “claimed my blog”. There were a few manual steps involved there, but you’ve got to appreciate how smooth and pain-free it was. A lot of things actually happened behind the scenes and I’m sure I can’t do it justice. For example, sxore detected my blog publishing platform and provided instructions tailored just for me.
And that’s it! I can assure you that all that took less than 10 minutes.
When you click on the “Leave a comment” link below, you’ll be brought to sxore where you can leave your comment. You can also provide an email address to track replies to your comment, not only on this blog but others that use the sxore commenting system.
UPDATE: Was told that the sxore plug-in will eventually put the comment handling responsibility back into WordPress to take advantage of Akismet for spam filtering. The sxore plug-in will concentrate on the identity and trust instead. Having just gone through the pain of migrating posts and comments from the old blog, I have decided to turn off the sxore plug-in for a while, simply because I want my comments to stay in my database. The plug-in is great though, especially the feature for a commenter to track replies and the reputation system may really help the comment spam problem too but let’s wait for a new version. See the sxore plug-in roadmap for more information.