Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Commenting can be a frustrating aspect of blogs
Bloggers who have Comments sections on their blogs: please make sure it’s possible for people to leave comments.
I try to be a good blogger and a good member of my Internet friends’ blogs. But I am frustrated with some of you blogmates out there, even some whom I follow and that are listed in the sidebars. The problem is with the verification systems: if you don’t allow a full range of options, you lock some people out of the comments. For some weird reason, my Blogger/Google account will not always let me use that identity to leave comments.
If your verification system only allows the potential commenter to log in using the Google, OpenID, Wordpress or AIM systems, it seems I cannot log in.
Protecting against spam
I understand why bloggers put verification on their comments: they’re trying to protect agains spammers, bots and other nefarious codes and coders that infest the Internet. But often, they protect themselves against people who want to leave legitimate and often very helpful comments.
Let’s not forget that one of the main reasons blogger enable comments is to increase their profile and spread the word that their blogs are worth reading.
Wordpress blogs seem to handle this security question well. I am always able to enter my name, email address and URL, and then the system posts or at least accepts my comment.
Blogger/blogspot varies: sometimes, the Login list includes “Anonymous” and “Name/URL.” However, almost as often, these two options are not in the list.
The variation is understandable: Google’s blogspot interface can be confusing. The various settings are buried in different parts of the Dashboard, Settings and Profile, and the various tools and gadgets that enable commenting have their own settings.
But blogmates, I implore you: there are so many interesting blogs that I’d love to comment on, and I cannot because of your security settings. Check your settings. I promise, I won’t spam you.
For the techies out there
If anyone can explain to me why I get an error message when I try to select my Google Account in the verification list, I would really appreciate it.
If, under the Comment field, the instruction reads “Comment as:”, and then the drop-down list has “Google Account,” when I select that option, I get this error message:
“Your current account (scott[at]writtenword.ca) does not have access to view this page.”
However, if the Comments section opens up as a separate window, I usually see this:
“Choose an identity: (Google Account).” That works perfectly.
I only have one Google account. Why does it work in one setting, and not in another?
Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.