The article’s title says it all, my friends, and unfortunately seems necessary. Fine bloggers and loyal readers Elizabeth and Ronan brought to my attention their recent trouble in leaving a comment on this site. Having reached my 1-year anniversary in February for seriously using WordPress.com as my primary writing platform, this was disconcerting to hear. I mean one of the key reasons for me leaving Google’s Blogger platform and coming here for WP to host this, beyond their rudimentary writing tools, was their comment system. So, it pains me when readers can’t join in, or have extra hurdles to overcome, on the discussion. Such is the case here.
It didn’t take much research to locate the issue some are having leaving comments. This WP Support Forum topic covered pretty clearly:
Scrolling down those who’ve noted this issue on their blogs, we find the answer (Posted by WP staff member chrisrudzki):
We’ve recently updated our commenting system.
Now if someone tries to comment with an email address attached to a WordPress.com account (or Gravatar account, they’re the same), they’ll need to sign into WordPress.com before they can comment.
If commenters have forgotten their password they can request a reset:
How’s them apples? Now, it may be related to the amount of comment spam blog platforms have to deal with (it’s certainly risen in my Akismet Spam bin WordPress deploys). For those of you on Blogger, you’ve seen a big change over there as Google’s implemented Captcha programming to help defeat the ever present spam bots. Either way, it is clearly a disruption to the discussion bloggers are trying to have with their readers. Certainly, others on WP are noting and taking issue with this (see here, here and here), as am I. I think contributor/member lulu13 captured it best:
“ANYONE should be able to leave comments easily, and right now, NO ONE can do it except if they have a wordpress account. This is completely against the idea of “blogging,” which is a CONVERSATION between the writer and the readers. No one should be blocked (and we should be able to ask for our readers to leave an email address with their comments). I hope this will be fixed really quickly because I am really annoyed!”
Until WordPress.com makes it easier, or changes things up, this is where the bar set.
- if you are existing WP bloggers, make sure you’re logged in to WordPress [you should see your name at the far right of WP’s menu bar, if you are] — also gravatar users now have to login to wordpress.com, as well (which is likely the heart of the issue)
- if you have had a WordPress.com account in the past, reset the password using WP’s link [granted, you shouldn’t have to do this, but there it is]
- others have had success by using another email address entirely [this a self-defeating tactic if you want to follow a thread and it’s a fake address or don’t use that account, though]
- Or, sign-in using your Twitter or Facebook account instead and bypass WP’s account entirely
- lastly, another way to leave a comment is to not leave an email address in that field at all (this is how in my testing I added Ronan’s and Elizabeth’s comments sent to me directly via email and Facebook to existing comment threads) — the comment will go through (and your name and website can still be associated), but then you cannot follow the discussion thread via email [this is a drag, yes]
I will continue to follow this issue and report on this page any related news. Again, I’m sincerely sorry about all this.
Note at 2012, March 21 @2:00 PM: WordPress is getting lots of heat over this and belatedly posted this as an answer to the issue (and not open to comments, where’s the irony?):