A recent update to WordPress.com commenting options has forced commenters with emails attached to WP.com accounts to be logged in before their comments are accepted.
That apparently is true even though I don’t require commenters to register and log in to comment. The explanation for the update was to protect against counterfeit comments from people using someone else’s email.
Despite various updates regarding bug fixes, I’ve gotten several emails telling me there’s still an issue.
A clarification from WP on Sunday morning stated that “WordPress.com and Gravatar.com accounts are the same thing. Accounts for each service work on the other.”
This means that if you have a Gravatar account, you can use that registered email address/password to log-in to post comments.
If you have a WP.com account, and forgot your password, you can reset it at this link:
This all seems too complicated.
I apologize for the inconvenience. I appreciate all my readers and commenters, and am perturbed that some of you haven’t been able to participate in the discussions here.
If you have trouble leaving a comment, please feel free to email me. I have a link under Coterie at the top of my sidebar. Just click the envelope icon…
Update 3: My WordPress bruthas and sistahs, know that you aren’t alone in your frustrations over this commenting kerfuffle – WordPress forum thread “You must be logged in to comment“
Update 2: If you have an opinion about this new commenting requirement, you can contact WP.com Support directly here:
Please, please, if you do leave a comment, do so in a respectful and civil manner. Being an asshat will not help us WordPress bloggers.
Update: It is also possible to log-in using either a Facebook or Twitter account. To me, that’s not a very good alternative, especially if you don’t want your comments attached to these accounts for privacy concerns.