My issue is more fundamental. I did not ask for, and nor do I want, an OpenID from AOL. I use AOL for the following purposes
- AIM Instant Messaging
- Dulles meeting facilities
- Learning from George
Some will say 'So what, you don't want to use the AOL OpenID, don't use it, no harm done'. In a sense, they'd be right. If I can get over people seeing the empty ugliness of the above page (accessed simply by using my known AIM identifier) then I can let the AOL OpenID die a slow but natural death through lack of use.
But the real issue for me is not the page (even those pages I do maintain are only slightly less gaudy), it's the presumption on AOL's part that I want to have an OpenID with them, and their automatically enabling one for me without my consent. I already had (more than) enough OpenIDs with other IDPs (I am indeed waiting for a major public IDP to enable standards-based SSO to/from external properties but AOL is not that provider). I had only just recently consolidated on a preferred OpenID IDP (Go ProtectNetwork!) because of their multi-protocol support - I resent AOL coming along and complicating my IDP selection process once more.
Is AOL's enabling OpenID for me even consistent with the Terms of Service for AIM? The clause
AOL has the right at any time to change, modify, add to or discontinue or retire any aspect or feature of the AIM Products including, but not limited to, the software, community areas, Content, hours of availability, equipment needed for access or use, the maximum disk space that will be allotted on AOL servers on your behalf either cumulatively or for any particular service or the availability of AIM Products on any particular device or communications service. AOL has no obligation to provide you with notice of any such changes.might appear to give them all the legal leeway they need except how can they argue that OpenID functionality is part of the AIM Products?
Even if so, it's a no brainer that I should be able to turn off unwanted capabilities. Let me turn it off and get back to the business of growing my list of OpenID IDPs of my own choosing.