The most popular blog platforms I’ve come across so far are Blogger and WordPress. I myself use WordPress and so have absolutely no problem in ‘liking’ blog posts and leaving comments to show my appreciation for other people’s words. However, in recent weeks I’ve had more and more trouble posting any sort of comment to a blog run on a Blogger account.
For reasons that I can’t understand, any Blogger account will allow me to enter my comment, log in with my openID (in this case, WordPress) and hit the ‘post comment’ button. But rather than posting the comment or even holding it for moderation, the site then rejects the comment and throws it back out at me. If there is a CAPTCHA phrase, the site point blank refuses to accept what I type, no matter if its correct or wildly incorrect. I’ve sat on one site and tried thirteen times (I counted) and still couldn’t leave a comment.
I only mention this because there are several Blogger-blogs in the last three weeks that I have been desperate to leave a comment for and I’ve not been able to. Which is horribly frustrating.
Is anyone else having this problem? Is there a solution? Is there something in the setting of these blogs which prevents non-google folk from posting?
If you have a Blogger account, I urge you to check your settings. Having a look at the Q&A on Google, it appears that to enable comments from outside Blogger you have to arrange your settings like this:Failing to do so will cut you off from lots of people who want to communicate with you but aren’t allowed because they cannot authenticate themselves.
Of course if you don’t mind anonymous comments then by all means pick the first option, however, in the case of most folks, I’ll bet you want to know the comment is from a real person, right? So pick the second one.
Please, please spread the word! I can’t possibly be the only person experiencing this problem and its to be benefit of all if we can let folks know there’s something wrong. Incidentally I can’t find a way to put a problem to Google myself without opening an account with Blogger, which I’ve no intention of doing (at least just yet). Two blogs is more than enough for me to handle right now!
Help me out people!