This morning, I was made … [UPDATED]

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!

35 Replies to “This morning, I was made … [UPDATED]”

    1. I had changed picture/avatar …but that shouldn’t change anything.. I don’t get it.

      Hope the other part will be straightened out too..

  1. This was helpful. I had problems off and on last week when I wanted to comment. It just would not do anything IF the comment was over three words. If I kept it very simple – like “great post”, it would accept it.

  2. Glad you did this, Rebekah. I’m going to reblog right away, and then see if I can leave a comment.
    (I also noticed being moderated on blogs where I never am —)

  3. Reblogged this on Touch2Touch and commented:
    More alarmed or sad? I don’t know. This may be the end of my blogging. I am reposting this from my friend’s blog about the bizarre situation at WordPress.com Why the powers-that-be are destroying the very feature that makes blogging worthwhile — the ability for people to interact — I don’t know, but they are doing it. My friends and readers, if you can’t comment on my blog, this is why; and this is why I cannot comment on yours.

  4. Hi,
    Yes I have been following the forums on the comment problem, I changed my settings as well. It doesn’t seem like this is going to change so we just have to try to work around it. 😦

    1. Yeah, I unticked the box where they have to fill in name and email. That’s not so good to have that unticked..

        1. yeah … I had not heard about it until this morning, and I was at least glad to know ..that something’s going on! Otherwise I doubt I would have thought to check my spam — I tend to forget about that for long periods of time!

      1. Coincidence, right!
        When I went to leave a comment with the actual human being writing the post who offered help, guess what? You got it — it wouldn’t accept my comment.
        Bah humbug —

  5. You are the top commenter on my blog, so I guess I don’t have a problem. Have not been writing much at all during March so had no idea this was going on. Thanks for the info. I, too, will reblog.

    1. Thank you, Linda … since I wrote this, this morning, I’ve read that quite a few are having problems.

  6. Thanks for the info. I have had problems commenting, and have lost at least one subscriber because she simply can’t get into my blog to read (or it takes eons to finally open.) I’ve changed everything I can think of that might make it easier to read and to comment. I’ll try your suggestions, too. WP doesn’t seem to know what is causing this.

    1. Cecilia: it might be because your image files are very big. You should post images that have a smaller resolution. For example this photo:

      The resolution on that photo is 3072 px × 2304 px. Most people don’t have that big screens, so if you resize the photo to something like 1000×750 pixels your blog would load much faster for people with slow connections.

      To avoid the trouble of having to resize your photos manually, you can change the settings of your digital camera. As long as you’re not using your photos to print them in large sizes, there’s no need for big resolutions.

  7. A lot of people have had commenting issues the past couple of weeks. Hope they get this sorted out soon. In the meantime, i try to remember to check my spam folder regularly and sure enough, after reading this, found a comment by someone who is a regular follower. Thanks for the tips here. Much appreciated.

    1. I don’t think I’d ever looked in my spam folder … at least not for a long time, it was pure luck that I did it. They shouldn’t have messed with the commenting system — it was working just fine as it was 🙂

  8. I think that is the key – look at the spam as often as possible. It is proving to be quite a problem for Team100WC which is sad because the children are missing out on comments 😦

    1. Yes, after yesterday’s surprise in the spam folder, I feel that I will keep an eye on it constantly!
      I don’t know what Team100WC is but I sure hope they’ll sort out the problem.

    1. I understand now why they’re trying to implement this, but I still don’t understand how to get around it until they’ve fixed the bugs?! Enable third-party cookies?

        1. Okay! I haven’t experienced the problem myself, but I understand that lots of people have! Commenting is the most integral part of the whole blogging concept so it’s important that it works..

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