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“You must be logged in to leave a comment.” 

What’s the point? Would you ask to see ID before someone asked you a question face-to-face?

Crackpots will still log in and post under a fake name, but legitimate commenters won’t bother. Either way, you still need to moderate comments, so open the door and make it easier for everyone.

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  1. Colleen Coursault January 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    So you’re saying that requiring followers to log in before leaving a comment is a DO?
    Also…I’d be interested to see your “crackpot” pile. LOL
    Cheers!
    Colleen

  2. Roy January 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    Andy,
    I agree. There have been times when I felt compelled to leave a comment and the login process drove me away. I didn’t want to take the time or effort to join or login just to leave a comment.
    I have an open comment policy on my site. I don’t get many, and occasionally I get a spammer or some nutcase. That’s life!

  3. Ted Wright January 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    True that!

  4. Safari January 20, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    Exactly!

  5. Tom O'Brien January 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Hi Andy:
    I HATE to register to comment – and mostly just don’t do it.
    Happy to provide my info – but I really don’t want to register.
    One more reason why blogs rarely resemble conversations.
    TO’B

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