A Temporary Solution Re: Leaving Comments

Commenting on blogs hosted on WordPress.com has been slightly inconvenienced (depending on one’s view) since the necessity to login to comment was rolled out sometime last year. I made a post about back it then and only recently have found a solution thanks to contacting WordPress.com’s support about it. It was right in front of my nose.*

Now when you leave a comment, you have the option to either include your email address or not. If you include your email address, you’ll still have to login with your WordPress.com or Gravatar password if WordPress.com recognizes your email as being associated with an account. If you do not include an email address, your comment will immediately appear on the site. (It may appear with the message “comment awaiting approval” if you do not have a previously approved comment.)

If you prefer, you can still login to WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook to leave a comment by clicking the respective icon.

It is only a temporary solution, but I hope this way makes it easier for everyone. There is greater risk of spam this way, however Akismet is very good at catching the majority of it so I barely need to moderate it. I’ve had this setting toggled for a little over a week and there hasn’t been a big difference from the usual spam volume.

The only thing that might make it tricky is when I do giveaways. Normally an email address is required to contact the winner, so I’ll try to find a workaround for this.

*For WordPress.com bloggers who are interested, go into your dashboard and under settings > discussion, make sure the setting “comment author must fill out name and e-mail” isn’t checked. Be sure to save your settings.

Facebook vs. Twitter

This evening I posted on to the Z’s Cup of Tea Facebook wall that I rarely login to Facebook and that I’m more active on Twitter. Before today, I don’t remember the last time that I logged in or even posted a status message or shared a link. Nowadays I mostly share my blog posts there via WordPress.com’s Publicize feature. I also shared my Facebook post on Twitter:

I’m also posting it here because there are many still who aren’t on either Facebook or Twitter, or don’t go to these sites. The primary reason why I am posting here, though, is to explain more about why I’m not really on Facebook and why I use Twitter more.

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Issue with Leaving Comments?

A while back WordPress.com rolled out an option for commenting that required logging into WordPress.com, which requires having a registered username. It was unannounced and most bloggers remained unaware of this possible dilemma (I call it a possible dilemma because not every blog on WP.com had that option toggled) unless they checked the WP.com forums – the way I first found out about it, in this lengthy thread, plus conversation on Twitter – or somehow their readers communicated this to them, if possible. As it may be expected, this change has had mixed reactions from WP.com bloggers.

I have talked about this at least a couple of times on my Twitter and thought it would be a good idea to post about it here in case you’ve missed it, and or have been experiencing this issue with leaving comments as well. I understand that not all of my readers may be on social media such as Twitter or Facebook.

The good news is, I have never had this option enabled that you must be registered and logged in to leave a comment. You are required to fill in your name and email (which is never used by me) to leave a comment, unless you login using Twitter or Facebook, but that is all. If you should ever see a message that requires you to login to leave a comment, it is probably a glitch, in which case try to reload the page, or you tried using an email address associated with a WordPress.com or Gravatar account in which case you will be prompted to login. (See this forum post.) Note: please copy and paste your comment before clicking submit in case it gets wiped from the comment field! If the problem persists, please contact me and I’ll try to get it sorted out as best I can that is within my power.

Extra note to any of my readers who are also WordPress.com bloggers — the setting that makes your readers have to login to leave a comment is the one circled in red (“Users must be registered and logged in to comment”) in the screenshot below. It’s accessed from your Dashboard > Settings > Discussion.

In most instances, it is recommended that this option setting isn’t checked (enabled) as most people do not want to login or make a username in order to just leave a comment on a post. It will drive your readers away. (I have a similar issue with blogs that use Disqus for comments.)

(This may or may not have affected those blogging with WordPress.org. Please check your discussion settings under your blog’s dashboard to make sure.)