This morning, I was made aware of that there’s a commenting problem going around in WordPress. On March 14, they changed something in their commenting system, and this is apparently causing problems. Some people can’t comment at all. Apparently nothing happens when they try to post a comment and when they try again, they’re being told it’s a duplicate.
I found a link, where this problem is being discussed and I’ve copied one comment from Timethief — a woman who always seems to be up to snuff about what’s going on in WordPress:
«The policy change was made on March 14th. I’m not inclined to move back to self-hosting (been there done that and rejected it) based on the commenting situation as it effects both WordPress.com bloggers and WordPress.org bloggers. WordPress.com and Gravatar accounts are linked as Automattic owns both.
What I did is change my comment settings on this page > Settings > Discussion by not enabling these two options:
__Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
__Users must be registered and logged in to comment
Previously I did have “Comment author must fill out name and e-mail” enabled. Though the first setting will produce a comment box that does allow an email address to be submitted it’s not required. This is useful for those who have deleted the email address that was associated with old WordPress.com accounts because username accounts aren’t ever deleted.
My own experience on my WordPress.com blogs is that those who used Facebook and Twitter logins to submit comments to my blog are almost all spammers and if I could I would eliminate those commenting options completely.»
So far, I haven’t experienced any of this myself, but I’ve learnt that one blogger [at least] is unable to comment here and that’s very upsetting. I have adjusted one setting, according to the above, and I certainly hope that it will be okay now. What I do have experienced is that my own comments are being held for moderation, over and over again … even with bloggers who don’t have that function enabled.
UPDATE: Since I wrote this post, I’ve discovered a whole slough of comments in my spam folder! Most of them, from one and the same account, but a few others too … all of them being regular bloggers and commenters on this blog. Weird things … I will keep a close eye on my spam folder from now on!