Commenting Update

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.

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. weezafish
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 10:14:21

    Not your fault shame. I did find out one thing, if you manage to go through the rigmarol of remembering (or being email reminded) of your WordPress account details, tick the box asking WordPress to REMEMBER YOU when you first log in. After that, every time you visit a WordPress blog you’ll be automatically logged in and you can comment away freely. Here’s to free commenting!

    Reply

    • mistyslaws
      Mar 30, 2012 @ 15:48:36

      Be aware that they will randomly log you out, though. I have WordPress and always have it logged in, but every once in a while it will randomly kick me out and I have to go back in to log in. FYI.

      Reply

  2. MsPlaidDressyPants
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 10:20:29

    Well, perhaps that would explain why I haven’t been recieving any comments.

    I kid. It’s probably because I just legit don’t have anyone commenting!

    Sorry WordPress is being a douche.

    Reply

  3. Leauxra
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 10:31:59

    OK, so anyone who has this happen to them:

    Go in, reactivate your account, reset your password, change your user name to what you want it to be, upload a photo, and then look for where it says, “link to”. Put in your current blog (if you have one). It doesn’t have to be wordpress.

    It took some work, but I got my name back, and now I have a picture!

    Reply

  4. leigh
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:08:44

    yowza… i love that they know it’s an issue, and aren’t fixing it…

    at least you know what’s up now.

    Reply

    • mistyslaws
      Mar 30, 2012 @ 15:50:22

      Yeah, it’s like “well, we fucked everything up. Oops. Carry on.” Gee, thanks for all that massive helpfulness. Don’t hurt yourself.

      But yeah, at least I know it’s not just me.

      Reply

  5. atypicallyrelevant
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:09:41

    It’s really not that big a deal for me. My website utilizes wordpress as part of the CMS, so I have no problems with linking.

    If anyone else has a wordpress account and they don’t want to use it to log in, just login to your wordpress account and change the email address associated with it. That would be the easiest way.

    Reply

  6. elizabeth- flourishinprogress
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 12:31:30

    testing

    Reply

  7. Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 13:41:15

    That’s what truly sucks – losing the comment if you’re not signed in. Luckily, I have a million e-mail addresses, so HA!

    Reply

  8. bschooled
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 20:49:14

    Really? REALLY?? Is “showing avatar” that big of a concern?

    I wish they’d shift their focus to their other problems, like formatting inconsistencies and issues when it comes to export/importing…

    Reply

    • mistyslaws
      Mar 30, 2012 @ 15:52:31

      Is “showing avatar” another way to say “showing brain?” Because then? Yeah, maybe we would prefer not to have that happen.

      They suck, basically. But what can you do? They are the lesser of 2 evils I think.

      Reply

  9. lazysubculturalgirl
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 23:53:58

    Ugh, I joined WordPress because it seemed to have fewer hiccups than Blogger.

    I still think it has fewer hiccups than Blogger, but that’s like saying the beatings will continue until morale improves….

    Reply

  10. hoodyhoo
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 07:28:00

    Not your fault, m’ dear… and as you can see, all the really cool kids are on WordPress ANYWAYS, so there’s that! (JUST KIDDING!)

    Reply

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