It appears a lot of you are having problems posting comments. You can blame this mess on WordPress, which apparently has decided to implement a new posting policy and to do so without telling anyone exactly what the new policy is!
This applies to all WordPress blogs, not just mine; and from what I’ve been able to learn, it’s not very popular. As another blogger put it: “We work so hard to get people to visit our blogs; to discover they are leaving frustrated by trying to leave a comment is so disheartening. As I said previously, in most cases we will never know because those people won’t contact us … to tell us they couldn’t communicate on our blog.”
From what I can gather, the new policy requires you to be logged in to your WordPress, Twitter or Facebook account to actually post (assuming you actually have one of those accounts). Note the icons for those three just below the comment box where you type your comment.
The stupidity of the thing is that you are told to “Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in” as if you had a choice. But you don’t. Filling in your details doesn’t actually allow you to post any longer (except perhaps if you’ve never posted before at all and that may only work the first time you actually post). Most people who have posted before and fill in their details (name, e-mail address, and web page) get the following message: “That email address is associated with an existing WordPress.com (or Gravatar.com) account. Please click the back button in your browser and then log in to use it.”
The whole thing is a mess. There’s a long thread over at the WordPress forums if you would like to find out more about this. WordPress claims to be working on the problem, but not many people believe that.
What to do? For now, the only workaround I can offer that makes sense is for me to allow anonymous comments, but to require all comments to be moderated first by me before they are actually posted. That will allow me to weed out all of the spam, but it also means there will be some delay in the actual posting of your comment.
Specifically, if you want to comment without logging into WordPress, Twitter, or Facebook, here’s what to do.
First, type whatever comment you want to leave where it says “Enter your comment here …” DO NOT fill in your e-mail address, name or website below the comment box. Instead, after typing your comment, DO provide at least a first name, which can either be real or phony, and some e-mail address, which can also either be real or phony (depending upon whether you would like me to be able to respond to you personally), at the end of your comment (but within the comment box itself, NOT below the comment box).
Then click the Post Comment button, but do not expect to see your comment immediately posted. You may or may not get a message that your comment is awaiting moderation. When I get around to moderating your comment, your comment, along with the name you provided but not the e-mail address, will be posted online.
As always, you can also just send any comments you have directly to me at kitkatkid[at]planetmail[dot]net, but let me know if you would like them posted online for others to see.
All of this is more work for me and for no good reason; and I certainly won’t blame anyone who decides all of this is too much of a hassle. It’s a hassle for me as well and one I don’t much appreciate. But it’s the best I can do at the moment unless someone comes up with a better fix.