This is an update on the issue people have been having with commenting on my (and other WordPress) blogs. After weeks of back and forth with WordPress and their oh so helpful and attentive support staff (:p), it seems that the conclusion is that they “updated” (re: fucked up) their comment form so that if you have ever had a WordPress account, you must be signed in before you comment. Here is what they responded to one reader:
We recently changed the comment form so that registered email address to WordPress.com can’t be used unless you’re logged in. This is to avoid people from showing avatar by entering someone else’s address.
Please login as WordPress.com user “xxxxxxx” or use Twitter/Facebook login to comment.
Aside from the lovely grammatical structure of that sentence . . . what I take from it is that WordPress is basically a bunch of fascists. If you have ever had a WordPress account and used your email address, you will not be able to comment unless you first login with that email address at WordPress.com. Either that or use a Facebook/Twitter login to comment. Or I guess you could just use another email address if you have one.
So, I hope that clears it all up for everyone!! Pfft.
Sorry about this guys. It seems that it is not just my site being an asshole, so unfortunately I am not going to be able to “fix” the problem. It is now just something that everyone will have to deal with if they want to comment. I know it’s a pain in the ass, but I would suggest just commenting with your Facebook or Twitter account, because that seems easier. Unless you want to jump through all the hoops and go to WordPress to figure out what your user/password was whenever you signed up before AND make sure you are logged in before you comment, or you will lose whatever you have written once you hit submit.
This sucks. I’m really sorry.