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Sorry WordPress.com, But I’m Done Trying

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012

A month and a half ago I wrote a post lamenting the WordPress.com login process. I thought that maybe I’d figured things out and that I was good to go.

Unfortunately, it seems that once you put a new email address in with an existing name, even if you used an email address that you didn’t set up on Gravatar it eventually figures things out and then starts asking you for a password if it’s the second time you’re commenting on that particular blog. Frankly, having to login every time I visit a blog is a bother to me, and it’s something I’ve talked about in the past.

So, I’ve decided that, except for a couple of really close friends, I’m done trying. I now have to add WordPress.com to the same list as Blogger, Disqus, and all those other comment system types that would rather control how people comment on blogs rather than help encourage people to blog. I think it’s a shame because I use to help promote WordPress.com as a great option for people to use that wanted a free blog with nothing getting in the way.

I would talk about why I don’t want to log into blogs every time I visit them, but I’ve done that already in the past so I’m not talking about it again. I will say this though. While it may seem like a great idea to try to reduce spam by having people log in, not everyone that comments on blogs sees this as a viable option. I visit way too many blogs and comments on way too many blogs to have to continually login all the time.

So, those of you that have WordPress.com blogs, if this is a deal breaker for you I understand. We all have our standards, and this is mine.
 

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Dude, I was JUST trying to comment on a WordPress.com blog. I forgot what a hassle it is!

Type comment, click submit, then “oh crap I need to login, what was my wordpress.com login again? damn that’s not it, neither is that. crap!

man I hope my comment is still saved somewhere because i’m off the page now. i forgot what the article was even about by now…”

And so on and so on. With WordPress touting itself as so simple and easy you’d think they could streamline this a bit more.

I certainly hope they do, because I have no doubt others feel like you but just never say anything. Those folks are just gone and with a sour aftertaste to boot. They’re costing their bloggers plenty of potential comments with this system.
John Garrett recently posted…Lettering a Comic Book – Ragnaroc, Inc. #1My Profile

June 18th, 2012 | 11:48 AM

They certainly are John, and it’s a shame. Why the .com group decided to make it harder for folks on the outside to comment I’ll never know, unless they were hoping to create more community for everyone that’s already on WordPress.com, which I do know happens. Still, it eliminates a lot of the rest of us.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:33 AM

Don’t feel bad. I’ve sworn off from commenting on wordpress.com as well unless it’s a friend or someone that I’m really trying to support on their blogging/writing journey. And actually, that goes for blogger too. Disqus & livefyre is cool for commenting, and as for me, I just use the basic commenting system in self-hosted wordpress.

Typepad isn’t too bad of a platform, but it’s not really free.
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June 18th, 2012 | 4:34 PM

Denise, the thing I don’t like about Typepad is that they won’t show your gravatar unless you have a Typepad account, and you also don’t get notifications if anyone responds to a comment of yours unless you have an account; that’s pretty weak. As for WP.com, if there was some place you could put some stupid password in up front, instead of waiting for the comment to be posted and then ask you for it then maybe. Still, I have 5 different email addresses and I don’t want to have to keep switching stuff all the time if I decide I’d rather use a different account to comment with. Just frustrated.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:35 AM

Oh, I didn’t know that about typepad. I had typepad once VERY briefly. Not long enough to even get comments or anything, but posting and design was easy. But, now that you mention that, I guess I wouldn’t recommend typepad either!

June 20th, 2012 | 9:51 AM

Yes, I have found that too but for a FEW select I’ll use my Twitter handle to comment.
Too bad they could not have CommentLuv on wordpress.com
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June 18th, 2012 | 7:57 PM

That’s interesting Lisa. I’d rather not use my Twitter or Facebook accounts to comment because for me that’s a totally separate thing that I don’t often want mixed together.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:36 AM

I don’t mind Twitter but that didn’t work yesterday either and I just used FB but it was for a DEAR friend.
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June 21st, 2012 | 8:20 PM

I tried with WordPress.com few years ago and I figure out that there is no point, for some time, I was syndicating part of content from one particular website, until Panda update, right now I even don’t remember my login details.
By the way, talking about commenting systems, about 2 hours ago, I’ve implemented new commenting system to my main project, by my opinion this one surpass any other comments systems with any plugin combinations, as well it will reduce spam to minimum, however let’s see how it will goes, as you know there were not many comments there as usually for most bloggers, blogging starts and ends with WordPress.
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June 18th, 2012 | 9:54 PM

Carl, it’s a mess; the more they tweak with stuff, the more functionality they seem to be taking away. I know it’s free but really, why take steps backwards?

June 19th, 2012 | 10:37 AM
Carl:

It is not only WordPress, the same situation also apply for Blogger to some extends. We are regular bloggers, but I certainly can say that spammers are opening multiple accounts and feeding blogs with scraped content, as well spamming like crazy with software loaded on dedicated servers. I am not surprised that most free platforms are trying to limit almost everything trying to prevent abuse.

June 20th, 2012 | 8:27 AM

I’ve have to agree grudgingly Carl, but it doesn’t mean I have to try to play the game.

June 20th, 2012 | 11:03 AM

I also noticed that about WP. I rarely comment too.wish I could have ComLuv on my site but I’m actually really happy with Disqus.
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June 18th, 2012 | 11:58 PM

Glori, I hate Disqus and all those other copycats for, well, the same reasons that I’m now hating WP.com. Still, I know some people swear by those systems; that works for me I suppose.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:38 AM

I admit it, that isn’t a good way of spam-filtering from wordpress. I actually don’t understand this aggressive change, there are so many ways to filter the spam (Akismet, the built-in spam filter of the CummentLuv plugin, G.A.S.P, etc) and this uncomfortable step makes me always leave the page. I hope it won’t last too long, because I have been satisfied with this blogging platform yet.
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June 19th, 2012 | 12:36 AM

Laura, the regular software is fine, for the most part, but maybe they’re worried about security for the free site. It’s their prerogative, but it’s ours to not comment on those blogs as well.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:40 AM
Arjhae Nicol:

I thought that I’m only one who noticed it, I’m not alone all along! We all know that it’s for spam caution, but for me always logging in is just a waste of time. I wish that WP can read this and make some action about this.
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June 19th, 2012 | 1:20 AM

I’m with you on this one Arjhae, but I doubt they’ll even care.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:41 AM

Mitch, I agree… I tried to post on a friend’s site (he has cancer and I just wanted to offer my thoughts and prayers) and as I only do it once a month, I forgot the password. I wrote something and went to hit send. It wouldn’t go through and my message was lost. Will I go back and retype it, once I search again, for a password I had to change every ten minutes? Hardly, I have neither the spare time nor energy for it. I’m on my PC, it should remember me, someone, as a non-spammer… “Hangin’, I say hangin’s too good for that varmint!”

June 19th, 2012 | 8:46 AM

LOL! Love that line Pat. And you’re right, if I’ve typed it in once it should remember it across the board, but it doesn’t, and that’s problematic whether it’s like you, once in awhile wanting to comment, or like me, who comments a lot.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:44 AM

I am not familiar with wordpress much since I use blogger.com. I admit the problem of commenting in a wordpress.com blog that is time consuming. It certainly requires other ways of comment filtering system.

Here in blogger.com, they have their in-built spam comments detection but is not 100% accurate all the time.
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June 19th, 2012 | 8:50 AM

Sanjay, the problem with Blogger.com is that if you want to know about responses to your comments you have to have an account and password, and if you want to have the option of using different websites and addresses each one has to have a username and password to do it. That’s too much work as well so I pick and choose when I’ll break down & comment on Blogger.

June 19th, 2012 | 10:46 AM

Studies indicate that only 1% – 2% of total number of visitors would bother to leave a comment. Considering the issue that you have raised, it would be very hard for both the commenters and the blog owner to connect with one another. I really hope that WP.com is listening and does something before it’s really too late.
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June 19th, 2012 | 9:32 AM

Interesting stat Faissal, and one that someone should be taking notice of that’s for sure. I mean, if it’s already hard to get people to comment why make it harder?

June 19th, 2012 | 10:49 AM
Soupla Vaptisis:

WordPress is a quite powerful platform. Of course there are some problems and one of them is this one you just mention.
Although i can’t advice you i think that the best way to deal with this type of problems is try to alert the community and soon or latter the problem will be fixed.
On the other hand maybe when they decide to fix the problem, will be too late for you…

June 19th, 2012 | 9:00 AM

Soupla, they’re not going to listen to me because I don’t have a blog on the site. And I’m sure if it’s changed and made more visitor friendly I’ll hear about it soon enough; I like to keep my ear to the ground. lol

June 19th, 2012 | 10:48 AM
Celine:

Nice post! I am experiencing same problem too. Hope this would get resolved soon. I am getting some other WP errors as well. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
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June 19th, 2012 | 10:49 AM

No problem Celine. Maybe it’s growing pains with them, but they’re hurting their users right now.

June 19th, 2012 | 3:10 PM
Alex Peskou:

To solve this problem at least in part, I use a free addon for Firefox named “Roboform” https://addons.mozilla.org/ru/firefox/addon/roboform-online-password-manag/ it makes life easier not only for commenting, but in general, to fill any data. And it seems safely.
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June 20th, 2012 | 5:56 AM

Good share Alex. I’ve heard of it but never thought about trying it.

June 20th, 2012 | 11:02 AM

I haven’t run into this issue Mitch. If I recall, they have like an app or something that makes me login with my Twitter account but the way I look at that, I’m doing that anyway. Maybe I just haven’t run across a particular wordpress.com blog that has it set up that way.

Heck, I don’t even have an account with wordpress.com and I have no intention of setting one up either. Lucky me right!

Now blogger is what gripes my you know what. The majority of the time when I use open ID, it never accepts my comment so I just blow it off. Those types of systems irritate me too.

To each his own right!

~Adrienne
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June 20th, 2012 | 1:31 PM

Adrienne, you can supposedly sign in with your Gravatar password but I’m not in the mood to do that. I also don’t want to sign in via Twitter or Facebook. I just want to comment and move on, and if I come back again know that I don’t have to type it in again because Firefox remembers it. Are you using Firefox for your plugin?

True, to each his own, and I don’t get upset with whatever platform someone decides to use, I just get upset with the platform. lol

June 20th, 2012 | 7:31 PM
Sue T.:

I love wordpress, never have a problem at all. Even with my old blog from a few years ago. So odd you have such problems with it.

June 21st, 2012 | 6:01 PM

Sue, that’s because yours is a WordPress blog, and thus you’re already signed into the system. For those of us who aren’t WordPress.com blog owners, commenting is a major mess.

June 21st, 2012 | 6:55 PM
Sue T.:

Look, I even changed my picture this morning which was attached to the old blog, although I didn’t know it was attached LOL ! but it worked! Yaaeee!

June 21st, 2012 | 6:02 PM
Johny B.:

hmm ! i love WordPress but WordPress.com is fat and expensive … They provide free services like stats but never host with them … for 3 bucks a month i can have more decent choice.
Thanks

June 23rd, 2012 | 9:28 PM

Thanks for that Johny. I never knew how much their paid service cost, as I’d never looked into it.

June 24th, 2012 | 4:43 PM