The folks at Six Apart have released the TypeKey and Movable Type Comment Registration FAQ laying out more detail on what the service is, how it’ll work and why they designed it the way that they did. Here’s a snippet from the FAQ:
Prior to our creation of TypeKey, we were never completely sold on comment registration for one major reason: most webloggers we spoke to (including us at Six Apart) will not take the time to register for an individual account on every weblog they read and comment on. While some will, the vast majority said it was too much a barrier to the conversation and that they didn’t want to maintain tens or hundreds of logins. And even if they did register for many different accounts on many different weblogs and chose just to use the same easy to remember username/password, they did not feel comfortable passing this information to the weblog owner.
So, we sat down with these design goals in mind:
For Weblog Owners
- Easy to implement
- Easy to maintain and manage
- Ability to have control over their weblog commenting space
- One-time registration
- Non-obtrusive logins
- Ability to reveal as little or as much information about themselves as they wish
TypeKey evolved from our primary goals for weblog owners and commenters.
With Movable Type comment registration, we’ve provided a great deal of options for weblog owners. At release (remember, we’re still in Alpha), we plan to provide a detailed user’s guide to comment registration and comment management options. But, for now, we want to provide a glimpse of the commenting options.
With Movable Type 3.0 you have options. You can:
- Only accept TypeKey-authenticated comments where the commenter sends an email address
- Only accept TypeKey-authenticated comments
- Accept TypeKey-authenticated and moderated comments
- Accept TypeKey-authenticated and regular comments
- Accept moderated comments
- Accept unmoderated comments
- Accept anonymous comments
Currently in Movable Type, 6 and 7 are the only two options. 1 through 5 have been added to create a varying degree of accountability.
While comment registration is not the right answer for every weblog, Movable Type 3.0 and TypeKey provide a flexible system that we feel will work for the majority of Movable Type users.
The FAQ goes on to address some of the concerns that have been raised by various people since the initial announcement. Overall, I think TypeKey is going to be a nice solution especially considering it’s not the only possible solution. Six Apart has already said that they will be releasing instructions about the same time they release MT 3 on how you can build your own authentication system and integrate it into MT 3 for those folks who’d rather have their system local to their hosting service.
Here at SEB I’ll probably set things up using either option 3 or 4 from the list above which would allow for the greatest flexibility to start. Oh, and according to the FAQ they hope to release MT 3 sometime in late April.