It’s probably just me, but it bugs the crap out of me when I go to leave a comment on a blog and it forces me to login. It’s always via one of the following services: Google, Livejournal, WordPress, TypePad, Aim, Open Id.
And while I have Google and Livejournal, I don’t choose to associate them with my blog. The WordPress links to my old WordPress-hosted blog and not my current one. And I don’t have any of the others. Yes, it’s not all that big of a deal in the scheme of things. But generally, when I get a comment on my blog, I like to click on the user (if they have a URL linked up), and go see their blog and find out more about them. It’s how I’ve made most of my friends in the book review community.
So being forced to use a login that has nothing to do with this blog… irks me. It also makes me wonder about readers who stumble on that blog and aren’t bloggers themselves. What if THEY want to leave a comment? If they don’t have any of the login options, or like me, choose not to USE any of those options, you’ve just lost out on a comment for your blog. And since we all know we love to get comments, it’s made me wonder…
Why do people choose to only allow signed-in commenters? If it’s to help cut down on spam, that makes a little bit of sense. But most of the spam comments I’ve gotten also have blogs they’re linking to. So I wouldn’t think it would help all that much. Brand-new bloggers I understand too, they probably haven’t delved into all the settings on their blogs yet. But it seems like I’ve been coming across the “you must be signed in to comment” thing more and more lately. So. Why do you or why don’t you?