Two weeks ago the URL field in the comments section of Blogger blogs disappeared. Only people using Blogger blogs were able to leave the address of their blogs on a comment. There has been a storm of protest in the blogging community and many blogs, including this one, moved from .

Blogger to other blog hosts.Today Blogger revealed a new OpenID based system for blog comments, claiming that this was the plan all along. “Ironically, our testing of OpenID, a feature that lets you use accounts from all over the web to comment on Blogger, made it appear that we were trying to force you into getting a Google Account. We regret this appearance, since we’re strong supporters of OpenID and open web standards in general.”Yes, it sure did make it appear that way. apparently Blogger had it’s OpenID system in testing at the Blogger Beta site. Why the old system of linkbacks was removed from the regular site at the same time remains unexplained.