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Okay. Tell me the truth. When you encounter a blog that compels you to respond, what do you think when you encounter “You must be logged in to comment”?
Does it make you want to overcome your natural inclination NOT to share your email and private information with others in order to comment on the blog? Are you willing to wait for a password to arrive in your email inbox, and then return to the blog to enter in your email and/or username and password, and then make your comment? Or is that like waiting for the installation of a contraception device in the middle of sex?
Commentum Login Interuptus.
Or do you turn and run? I’m sure if you want to comment bad enough, you will overcome any obstacle. But for most folks, doesn’t the “You must be logged in to comment” turn you away?
Why Not Allow Open Comments?
This begs the question of why. Why do people turn off open, unregistered comments to require people to login in order to comment? I’m not talking about member-only or private blogs. I’m addressing normal blogs.
Not every blog post needs comments. Turning off or closing comments is different from closing them off from easy public access.
One school of thought is that this protects the blogger from horrid comment spam. With today’s excellent comment spam catching tools available, this is no longer necessary.
Another school of thought is that this regulates who will comment and who won’t. In other words, if they go through the ordeal of registering, then they really must be fans or have something worthy to say, so we’ll let them in and keep out the rest of the riffraff.
One of the reasons I can’t stand commenting on Blogger blogs is the funky way comments are handled, taking me to a separate page and making me jump through hoops. I do it, when I’m really serious about making my comment, but I don’t like it. If you want comments on your blog, then I think you should make it easy for people to comment.
So what do you think? When you find a “login to comment”, do you bother to go through the trouble of registering in order to make a comment? If you have registered-user-only comments, tell us why. If you don’t, why do you think people do that?
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