Can I Comment On Your Blog?

Or Do I Have To Sign Up First?

I was recently having a look around and reading some blogs and saw a post i wanted to reply to i clicked to comment and was told i need to be logged in or join to do so,
i was disappointed even frustrated at not being able to comment on the post.

I really didn’t want to spend time joining and waiting for a confirmation email etc after all i only wanted to write a few lines, not stay for dinner, anyway the result was that i ended up just leaving it which i can only assume others did because there was no comments there, perhaps the blog in question didn’t realise it is set to that.

My preference setting here is for first comment mod only and as long as the commentator uses the same details from then on they can rant away,
the majority i find do similar some with CAPTCHA added which is fine when you can understand it.

It seems a waste to write good posts and over moderate and the majority move on rather than join, surely its a disadvantage to over moderate?.

In general this isn’t a problem but it would be interesting to see others opinions on this, to leave a comment please log in or join.
…..just joking

38 Responses to “Can I Comment On Your Blog?”

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  1. Sourav @ Tech N Blogging says:

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    Even though I haven’t faced any blog which has asked me to join in order to comment, but from your experience it sounds a terrible thing to do.
    As you said, moderating the 1st comment of a person is a good thing. Further, using Akismet and a captcha plugin will also help to reduce spam. So what’s the need to highly moderating each and every comment!!!

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Sourav
      Hi Sourav,
      I suppose it’s the blog owners preference which i respect but it just seemed quite odd

  2. Ian@Unofficial Chart Blog says:

    I think its a shame that some blogs do that too – I’m gonna have to go and check to see what Ive got mine set to incase I’m the one you are referring to LOL. I certainly don’t want to over moderate my site, and would welcome anybody to leave a comment. Even once in a while LOL

  3. MarilynsMoney says:

    I know a few of these two. Most seem to be bigger sites, or social networking sites “ning” is famous for joining. Me? Go ahead and comment away, I appreciate them!

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Marilyn
      Agrees but this was a blog, and the first one i have come across like that, perhaps there is a good reason.

      Me? Go ahead and comment away, I appreciate them!

      I am with you on that otherwise you might as well look in the mirror and talk to yourself 😯

      thanks i appreciate your opinion.

  4. We have the same preferences, I don’t want to join just to post comments. I immediately leave the site If I encounter such situation.

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Ninja
      Hi Ninja
      I think most would agree with you

      thank you for stopping by and leaving some feedback 🙂

  5. Comedy Plus says:

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    I guess this person didn’t want to be bothered with comments. I hate it when folks make is so very difficult for the rest of us to leave a comment. Just saying.

    Have a terrific day and thanks for letting me leave a comment so easily. 🙂

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Comedy Plus
      I guess your right shame really.

      thanks for letting me leave a comment so easily

      your log in details should be with you soon lol

      That cracked me up lol 🙂

  6. Russ says:

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    I have come across some of them. I just don’t bother leaving a comment or returning to the blog. It is your business if that is what you want. But mine if I want to visit. I like to leave comments, but don’t want to have to join everyone’s blog.

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Russ
      I understand, it does take time visiting blogs and commenting without having to join as well.

      thanks for commenting Russ 🙂

  7. I don’t get that either. I always thought that blogging was about sharing and exchanging ideas….not shutting people out.

    There are several blogs I’ve dropped on for months that have that policy, and in the beginning, I tried to comment on them and got that “you must be logged in or join” crap. Upon that, I stopped even bothering to read their posts. I just drop on them and don’t even glance at what they write. I mean, what’s the point? If you want a “private” blog, why work so hard to promote it (by being on Entrecard, etc)? Makes absolutely no sense!
    Anyway, you ALL can come and comment on MY blog! No membership necessary. I’m waiting! 😉

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ The Fitness Diva
      Good points

      I suppose what’s the point if you can’t interact with what your reading

      thanks for your feedback 🙂

  8. Marg says:

    I totally agree with you. I do not like the blogs that I have to sign up for something in order to make a comment. I visit a lot of blogs during the day and don’t mind leaving good comments, but I do not want to spend the time to sign up for something. I usually just leave as you did. I don’t think mine is that way.
    Have a great day.

  9. Dave D says:

    My blog has a comment feature with a captua…But I thought it was too hard….so I use a chat feature which I call a shout box. I haven’t had any nasty comments there yet which is good because I don’t know how to erase them!!!

    Thanks for sharing

    Dave D

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Dave D
      I have used your shout box often good fun!

      thanks for commenting on this Dave

      PS.i still can’t figure out #103 🙂

  10. John says:

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    It’s annoying, normally it puts me off commenting. Once I signed up, but by the time I wanted to comment again I’d forgotten my password! 🙁

  11. VanillaSeven says:

    My blog is as comment-friendly as yours 🙂

    All comment are 100% promptly replied. Guaranteed.

  12. Wilmaryad says:

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    You’re welcome to opine on my blog. All you need is a name and your own blog’s URL. Heck, you can even comment anonymously! 😀

    Hope you’re having a soothing Friday.

  13. Twitter ID:

    I have came across of few blogs that I would have like to comment on recently, but they make it too much hassle. I aint got time to waste signing up just to leave a comment…Give me a break!

  14. Tomas says:

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    While reading your post, I was inspired to question myself how I approach the passersby on a street. Either I simply say Hellow to them, or look for a proof of identification?

  15. Ian says:

    I hate it when people do this – Captcha is bad enough. Why make it a hassle for people to comment on your blog?

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Ian
      I don’t mind CAPTCHA as long as it’s not too hard to read, and yes it doesn’t seem to make sense making it difficult.

      although some must have their reasons

      thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  16. Lainy says:

    Doing that is like shooing away the potential regular visitor of the blog. To make someone get interested in leaving his footprint by leaving a comment on a post is rare because most of the bloggers do drop and run. The post must really be worth the read for someone to want to leave a comment. It sucks when the blog owner shuts off the commenter by imposing such prerequisites.

    Though we respect each one’s prerogatives, it would still be best if interaction is encouraged by implementing comment-friendly features and plug-ins at the blog.

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Lainy
      Couldn’t have put it better myself Lainy

      Thank you as always for your feedback 🙂

      PS: Hope your are feeling better!

  17. Twitter ID:

    Your post says it all, really. I have nothing to add!

  18. stevebethere says:

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    @ Jennifer
    Thanks, appreciate for your feedback 🙂

  19. Gee says:

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    There was this interesting post in another blog that I’d like to comment on earlier. Turns out, I have to join before I could post my thoughts. I left it!

    Bloggers, of all people, should understand how time consuming blog hopping and reading blogs are. Putting quite strict settings like that turns off commenters and would-be frequent readers.

    • stevebethere says:

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      @ Gee
      Hi and welcome back Gee

      You hit the nail on the head here

      Bloggers, of all people, should understand how time consuming blog hopping and reading blogs

      My point when i posted it also was that seeing a good post and wanting to chip in with a comment but then find it’s been made so awkward to is such a shame, because most peoples reaction will be the same as ours.

      I was wondering whether some of them don’t realise the mod setting their blog is on.